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Prague Exhibition Grounds - Prague, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61
N 50° 06.403 E 014° 25.790
33U E 459228 N 5550652
Quick Description: The left wing of the Industrial Palace (Prumyslový palác) – central building of the Prague Exhibition Grounds (Výstavište) was destroyed by fire on October 16, 2008.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 10/5/2013 1:23:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ78E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 37

Long Description:
The left wing of the Industrial Palace (Prumyslový palác) – central building of the Prague Exhibition Grounds (Výstavište) in the capital city of Czech Republic was destroyed by fire in 2008. The fire began at the roof and flames were visible from kilometers away. Two hundred firefighters fought the fire and got it under control in less than three hours. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The left wing of the Art Nouveau building was destroyed, the roof and most of enclosure walls collapsed. The amount of damage can rise up to 1 billion Czech crowns (approx. 40 million euro).

The Industrial Palace was inaugurated in 1891. It was the biggest building on the exhibition grounds. Architect Bedrich Münzberger used the glassed-in steel structures for the first time in the Czech lands. The building was 238 meters long and its main tower was 51 meters tall. It was used mainly for trade fairs and exhibitions, but also for concerts and other culture events.

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Type of Structure: Public building

Construction Date: 1/1/1891

Fire Date: 10/16/2008

Structure status: Still standing building

Cause of Fire:
probably wrong handling of electric cooker


Documentation of the fire: [Web Link]

Other: Not listed

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