A 42-year-old member of the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade, Goran Komlenac from Orašac died this Sunday trying to save his village and nearby area from fire. Sunday was indeed bloody – more than 80 firefighters and four canadairs were trying to save Orašac, Gromača, Zaton, Ljubač and other villages from fire – and they did.
From 12:30 p.m. until the evening, firefighters fought the fire that consumed 87 hectares of dense pine forest in the area of Orašac – Gromače near Zaton. The firefighters defended the houses near Ljubač, brought the fire under control and were on duty all night.
Croatian Fire Brigade Association confirmed the news about their lost member late last night, writing that the investigation into the causes of the death is ongoing and that the information will be known to the public after it is finished.
‘In these difficult moments for the Croatian fire department, on behalf of the Croatian Fire Association and on my own behalf, I express my sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the firefighter who passed away prematurely. The firefighter lives forever in the hearts of those he saved, fire chief Slavko Tucaković said.