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Chata Socjologa has been standing on Otryt in the Bieszczady Mountains since 1973.
From 13th January 2003 to 14th November 2004 it had a break because of the fire.
Thanks to an effort put into this place by many people, companies and institutions
gathered around Association "Klub Otrycki" that break did not last long.
Read about the history, see the photopraphs, visit this magic place
which does not leave anyone indifferent.
We drilled a well. Supported us:
On 13th January 2003 Chata Socjologa got burnt.
On 17th February 2003 we signed a contract for the ground rent
with Forest Inspectorate which enabled us to strive for reconstruction.
On 17th July 2003 a permition to reconstruct Chata Socjologa was given.
On 28th September 2003 we finished laying the foundations of New Chata.
On 3rd July 2004 we put a bunch of flowers on the top of a ridge
to celebrate finishing the construction.
On 14th November 2004 we reached the raw state of New Chata
>>> WE MANAGED TO DO IT WITH OUR OWN HANDS <<<
Chata Socjologa before the fire...
...the next day after the fire
Ready foundations of New Chata Socjologa
The day of finishing the raw state bulding.
Our host has lived in.
Current photo of Chata with shingled roof
Bieszczady with the Phoenix
On the fatal 13th January 2003 there were three people in Chata. Two men went downhill to do some shopping. There was a girl left in Chata. She was sitting in “Służbówka” (Host’s room) when she smelt something burning. She went out to the hall and she saw a wall of fire going from the kitchen upstairs. She grabbed a fire extinguisher and she tried to put out the fire, but it was too huge. When she realised she couldn’t make it, she left Chata and she ran downhill to Dwernik.
Alarmed men beat all the records, they were at Chata in 25 minutes. Chata was all in flames and it started to collapse. All they could do was to watch the 30-year-old history flying away with smoke… The three people lost everything. All they had left was what they were wearing.
The fire must have started from a leaky chimney. Constant temperature changes, frosts, thaws and dampness spoilt the construction. Frequent maintenance and repairs didn’t prevent the tragedy.
What next? Obviously, we will rebuild Chata Socjologa! Otryt, university and mountain societies are shocked, but also determined to undertake all the necessary tasks to reconstruct Chata. Surely, it won’t be the same Chata. But Chata is also mass of people with help of whom we will manage, despite withdrawal of promises to help made by Warsaw University, to continue what was started 30 years ago.
We spent 2003 on preparing thoroughly for work and for collecting missing funds. All necessary permissions and agreements were signed. For the whole season of 2003 and 2004 there was a camping site on Otryt. We finished foundations on which in 2004 we built a wooden construction of Chata. On 14th November we finished the building in the raw state.
Association "Klub Otrycki"