It took three hours to the Skopje firefighting teams to put out the major fire that engulfed the empty barracks in the Skopje city park that used to house the Misdemeanors Court.

Seven vehicles and 20 firefighters had to be deployed. Work was delayed because there were no working fire hydrants near by, commander Vladimir Simonovski said.

The fire caused a major plum of smoke above the center of the city which alarmed citizens.