(Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL) (Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković arrived on the scene to offer his condolences to the families of the deceased; and confirmed that an investigation was underway.

"At this moment, there is not much I can say besides expressing my deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the deceased. We have never had a tragedy on this scale during this government's mandate. We must now wait for the relevant authorities to conduct an investigation. That's all I can say, anything else right now would be pure speculation," said the prime minister.

The fire in the nursing home, located in Andraševac near Oroslavje, broke out in an auxiliary building of the home around 5 a.m.

County Fire Chief Marijan Lovrenčić said that firefighters had arrived on the scene very quickly and put the fire out around 6:30 a.m. Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage there was little they could do to save the people inside or the structure.

Plenković expressed his deepest condolences to the victims' families, adding that one should wait for the competent services to complete their job.

Minister of Demographics, Family, Youth, and Social Policy, Vesna Bedeković, also extended her condolences to the families of the victims. Bedeković said there had been no previous complaints about the home and that the county was responsible for issuing the necessary permits.

Source: HINA