The Krasna Horka castle is seen on fire in the village of Krasnohorske Podhradie near Roznava, eastern Slovakia.
The Krasna Horka castle is seen on fire in the village of Krasnohorske Podhradie near Roznava, eastern Slovakia.

Child smokers destroy castle

By Time of article published Mar 13, 2012

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A 14th century castle has burned down after two boys having a crafty cigarette set it alight.

The children, aged 11 and 12, set fire to undergrowth around Krasna Horka, in eastern Slovakia, leaving the 700-year-old fortress gutted.

A police spokesman said: “Officers found that two local boys were trying to light up a cigarette and because of careless use of safety matches, they set grass at the castle hill on fire.

“The castle’s roof burned down completely, as well as the new exhibition in the gothic palace and the bell tower. Three bells melted.”

Almost 100 firemen brought in from surrounding areas managed to save 90 percent of the castle’s historical collections, including oil paintings and photographs of the castle from the end of the 19th century. - Daily Mail

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