The fire is threatening to destroy the outskirts of the Croatian split

© 2017 AFP / Patricia De Melo Mohegansun fires. Archival photoThe fire is threatening to destroy the outskirts of the Croatian split© 2017 AFP / Patricia De Melo Moreira

Wildfires are raging in the night of Tuesday on the outskirts of the city of Split, the second largest in Croatia, is transmitted from the event information portals Slobodna Dalmacija and Index.

Enormous fire in Podstrana, near Split. People trying to save their houses, the whole hill is on fire:'(

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In the fight against the fire involved hundreds of rescue workers, military and volunteers. The most difficult situation is South-East of the city from the resort area of Podstrana, where people have fought to not let the fire to residential buildings.

On Monday night, and Tuesday night was evacuated the population of the outlying areas along žrnovnica, Strozanac and major shopping malls. The indoor sports complex «arena Spaladium» for evacuees prepared more than 200 beds.

After midnight local time (01.00 GMT), the mayor of split Andro Krstulovic-Opara said that «the worst is over, Split protection». But soon because of strong winds, the situation deteriorated sharply. At the moment, the fire destroyed several residential buildings, commercial facilities and a kindergarten on the outskirts of the city.

As reported Slobodna Dalmacija, on Monday, five firefighters participated in extinguishing the fire, was taken to the city hospital due to smoke inhalation. Their lives are out of danger. Several rescuers help was provided on the spot.

According to media reports, allegedly as a result of a fire in one of the surrounding villages could die 65-year-old man. However, the exact cause of death will be determined later. According to one version, he suffered a heart attack at the sight of approaching his house fire, on the other — he was poisoned by smoke.The fire is threatening to destroy the outskirts of the Croatian split