Bulgarians Warned of 'Deadly' IciclesSociety | February 22, 2012, Wednesday // 18:31| views
Doctors from the Sofia emergency hospital "Pirogov" are fighting for the life of 38-year-old man, who had been injured by a fallen icicle. File photo
The Sofia City Hall reminded Wednesday that cleaning of snow and icicles from buildings is the duty of their owners and warned of steep fines for those who fail to do so.
The fines range between BGN 700 to BGN 2 000 and injured persons can take the owners to Court after being given a certificate from a medical professional.
The City Hall had issued 40 citations for non-removed icicles and snow, while there are over 4 000 fines amounting to up to BGN 50.
Meanwhile, it was reported that 3 people had been injured so far this winter in Sofia and one in the Rhodoppe's city of Smolyan.
The 38-year-old man, who was injured by a fallen icicle in downtown Sofia, is still in coma and in critical condition. He is identified as Georgi, a resident of the Black Sea city of Varna.
Two other people barely escaped more serious injuries in the capital.
Nadezhda Tabakova, 74, had been injured in the Sofia "Slatina" district and her condition is reported as serious – with several stitches and head wounds.
Stefan Stefanov is the other lucky one – he has just bruises from a block of ice that fell on him, again in downtown Sofia, from the very building that houses the Presidential Office. He was walking with his son on the sidewalk along the building when they were "buried" under huge pieces of snow and ice, bringing Stefanov to the ground.
In Smolyan, a 60-year-old woman suffered a broken collarbone in a similar incident in the city's center and is in a state of shock.
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