Police confirmed Thursday that eight people were killed in an overnight fire in the Czech Republic’s second-largest city.
The fire started two hours after midnight in Brno, around 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Prague.
According to police, those killed were most likely homeless persons living in abandoned structures near where a new community is set to be erected in the following years.
The rescuers reported that no one was wounded. According to police and firefighters, the investigation into the cause of the fire could take weeks.
Marketa Vankova, the mayor of Brno, called the catastrophe a “huge human tragedy” and hailed the firemen who fought the fire for several hours.
“I am deeply sorry for everyone who died in the tragic fire in Brno tonight,” Prime Minister Petr Fiala said in a tweet.