The massive brush fire the broke out near the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan has been extinguished by firefighters and volunteers, per Armenia’s Emergency Situations Ministry.
“A total of 120 firefighters were involved in the operation. There was a big fireworks display about an hour before the fire broke out. I believe this is the reason why the fire spread in different directions,” said Feliks Tsolakyan, Armenia’s Minister of Emergency Situations.
“One the probable cause of the fire could be a large-scale fireworks display near the vicinity of the memorial complex some 30 minutes before the fire erupted,” said Hakop Karapetyan, Yerevan City Council spokesperson in a Facebook post.
“Fireworks at restaurants are a major problem in the city,” added Karapetyan.
The fire was contained at 11:32pm, and extinguished at 11:56pm.
The fire burned 21 hectares of vegetated area near the Yerevan Sports and Concert Complex on Friday evening. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia, per News.am.
Firefighters had prevented the fire from spreading to residential areas.
The fire was contained at 11:32pm and extinguished—at 11:56pm.
No damage was caused to nearby buildings, including the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
A photo, which was taken after the fire that took place Friday evening nearby the Yerevan Sports and Concert Complex and the Armenian Genocide Memorial on Tsitsernakaberd Hill, has been posted on the DroDrone Facebook page.