Fire-Ravaged Foster Home Rebuilt as Center for Disabled ({{commentsTotal}})

Source: Photo: ERR

The Haapsalu foster home that suffered a fire two years ago claiming the lives of ten people has now been restored as a service center for children with disabilities.

Last year, five homes were constructed to accommodate the children displaced by the 2011 fire. As the children already have a place to live, the newly-completed building will no longer be used for accommodation as before, instead serving as a kindergarten for the disabled, a coping school and a rehabilitation center, ETV reported.

The center's exterior looks nearly identical to that of the pre-fire building, which dated to 1997. Though the original building met all current fire safety requirements when it was constructed, the new building put a heavy emphasis on both the fire safety and energy efficiency. Rooms and hallways were designed for easy evacuation.

Construction of the new building cost over 1.5 million euros, of which approximately 600,000 came from insurance coverage and 900,000 from the state.