Around 11pm on 28 October, DEC of the ED No.170 received a phone call about the fire at Kharkiv School of the I-III levels No.97, situated at 5H Hvardiytsi Shyronintsi Street.  Head of the district commission of the ED No.170 Oleh Bondarenko was informed by phone that there was no threat for precinct commissions situated on the premises of school No.97.

OPORA correspondent Dmytro Demchenko at that time was on the first floor of the School No.97, at the station No.631433 in particular. According to him, the fire was caused by faulty wiring in the room on the second floor. This, as the correspondent noted, caused a large amount of smoke. OPORA observers didn't see any fire.

According to Dmytro Demchenko, the incident didn't affect the work of the PEC No,631433. In addition to PEC No.631433, polling stations No.631431, 631432, and 631434 are situated in the school building.

For comment, please contact:
Viktoriia Shevchuk,
Election Programmes Coordinator of the Civil Network OPORA
in Kharkiv Oblast
067 177 26 55
066 047 07 72


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