The three-day fire in Croatia caused a lighted lamp on the grave

© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in fotobanka working at the scene. Archival photoThe three-day fire in Croatia caused a lighted lamp on the grave© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova the image Bank

The fire that raged in the past few days in the town of Knin in Central Croatia, was caused by a lit at the cemetery with candle-lamp burning, said local police.

The fire began to spread around noon on 26 August and was localized only to the evening of 28 August, during this time, burned area of about 70 hectares.

As established investigators, the fire occurred once in the village Strmica at the tomb of the burnt out candle-lamp, the fire spread in pine needles, dry grass and flowers, and then went on.

As a result, the firefighting had to be involved in aviation, but only Monday here involved 80 firefighters. Police checks and tries to establish the perpetrators.

Croatia since the beginning of June was faced with numerous major wildfires, occurring almost daily in different parts of the country and destroyed thousands of hectares of forest, low vegetation and farmland. In the majority of cases of fire caused by human factor — the careless handling of fire or deliberate arson. Aggravating the situation is a prolonged drought and strong winds in the region. From the 1st of June and so far only aviation, according to official data, was used in extinguishing fires 292, along the way setting records for the plaque and the number dropped on the fire water.