Bucharest (Jul. 11)
The Roumanian press here and in Czernowitz is almost united in demanding a new and thoroughgoing investigation into the disastrous fire in Borscha last week which left several thousand Jews homeless and caused damage estimated at 50,000,000 lei. In view of what it terms the contradictions and inconsistencies in the evidence on which the government’s communique on the fire was based the “Adverul” leads the way in demanding a new probe.
The “Lufta” also joins the call for a sweeping inquiry and punishment of the guilty. If this is not forthcoming, the “Lufta” says, it is the government’s duty to prove that the allegation that the fire was incendiary in origin is false because the country’s prestige is at stake. It is also pointed out that unless real action is taken Borscha will be but the beginning of such fires.
Discussing the government’s statement on the fire, the “Adverul” points out that the official version of the disaster stated that the fire had started through negligence and that this was confirmed by a Dr. Solomon whose house was among those destroyed. The “Adverul” remarks, however, that not only does Dr. Solomon deny having given such evidence but he says that the fire started in his house in a chimney that had been unused for four