A large fire has damaged part of the idyllic Austrian lakeside town of Hallstatt. Tourists have been warned to steer clear while the cleanup commences.
“Since Hallstatt is very tightly built, the adjacent houses are also badly damaged,” Johannes Pichler, a volunteer firefighter in Hallstatt.
A firefighter was injured while responding to the fire, but the residents got away safely. 8 fire trucks and 109 firefighters were on hand to tackle the blaze.
The town mayor warned tourists not to visit in the aftermath of the fire to allow the investigation and cleanup to proceed without interference. The road into Hallstatt remained closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.