Five suspects charged with causing the Veles fire

The Veles-based Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into five people, suspected of causing the fire that spread around Lake Mladost near Veles on Monday.

The PPO also filed charges against the construction company that hired the suspected workers, the Veles public prosecution’s office said Wednesday.

It is believed the fire broke out from sparks from an angle grinder used by the workers, sweeping through a swathe of a forested area.

The suspects are charged with reckless endangerment. Two persons have been put in pre-trial detention, and precautionary measures have been ordered for the other three.