Czech media said the fire which was now under control was reported at 0349 GMT.
“The fire broke out in the boys’ section of a home for the mentally handicapped,” said Jitka Gavdunova, the mayor of Vejprty, a small town on the German border some 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Prague.
Originally, rescuers said the fire had occurred at a nearby home for the elderly.
“It’s insane, we’re swamped with phone calls from the relatives of the pensioners,” said Gavdunova.
Volenik said it was too early to talk about the causes of the blaze.
He added seven ambulance units including two German ones had been deployed.
Czech media said rescue helicopters were grounded by bad weather in the mountainous region.
Katerina Siniakova beat Sofia Kenin in a marathon three-set battle Sunday to lead the Czech Republic to a sixth Fed Cup title in eight years after defeating the United States in the final.
Siniakova, the world number 31, snuffed out two match points to beat the 19-year-old, 52nd-ranked Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in three hours and 45 minutes to wrap up a 3-0 victory.
It is an 11th overall title for the Czechs, five of which came as former Czechoslovakia, a haul second only to the US and their record of 18.
“It was an incredible game for me, up and down, lots of nerves,” Siniakova said. “I’m just terribly happy I’ve won.”
“I was so nervous I can’t describe it and I’m really looking forward to some time off,” she added.
Groundstrokes and long rallies prevailed in Sunday’s rubber as both Siniakova and Kenin struggled with their serves, losing it more often than not in the first set.
But the 22-year-old Czech, who is the world number one for doubles alongside her teammate and compatriot Barbora Krejcikova, managed an extra break to take the set 7-5 as Kenin made 23 unforced errors.
The Russian-born American making her Fed Cup debut kept piling up errors early into the second set with Siniakova taking a 3-0 lead.
The American number one for the tie despite still seeking her maiden WTA singles title, Kenin regained composure in time to win the next four games before taking the set 7-5 as Siniakova visibly struggled with her nerves.
The Czech took another 3-0 lead in the third set and held on to the advantage in an interminable 19-minute game five.
But Kenin, who underwent treatment on her left thigh, came back and took a 5-4 lead before earning two match points.
“I felt terrible there. The worst,” said Siniakova.
“But you keep playing until the last match point is won.”
That is what happened — Siniakova took the game, earned a break and won the set 7-5.
On Saturday, Barbora Strycova, the world number 33, came from a set down against Kenin to win 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4 in the Czech’s last Fed Cup rubber before retirement.
Siniakova then saw off 63rd-ranked Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).
The US, whose head-to-head record against the Czechs is now 10-3, were missing Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Madison Keys.
The Czechs were without Karolina Pliskova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who missed the final with a bad cold.
Barbora Strycova overpowered Sofia Kenin and Katerina Siniakova beat Alison Riske to hand the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over holders the United States in the Fed Cup final in Prague on Saturday.
Strycova, the world number 33, came from a set down to beat the 52nd-ranked, 19-year-old Kenin 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 43 minutes.
Siniakova, the world number 31, then saw off 63rd-ranked Riske 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).
The hosts are a win away from their sixth title in the last eight editions and their 11th overall, including five as the former Czechoslovakia. The United States have lifted the trophy a record 18 times.
The 32-year-old Strycova, who has announced her retirement from Fed Cup duty after the final, struggled with her serve throughout a nervous first set.
Strycova and Fed Cup debutant Kenin earned two breaks each, with the more aggressive US teenager taking the set in a tie-break.
But, propelled by the sold-out O2 Arena with 14,500 fans, the four-time Fed Cup winner regained composure in the second to sweep aside the Russian-born Kenin, who is still in search of her maiden WTA singles title.
Strycova took a 5-2 lead in the third and despite giving up two breaks, she took the set 6-4.
“For me it was a lot of emotions,” Strycova said on court after the win.
“I fought every ball and I’m so happy that I could win today in front of such a crowd. It means a lot to me.
“Every point is very important and I’m very happy I could do it today.”
Kenin admitted she was “a little bit overwhelmed” by her debut.
“I was pretty nervous but I was able to handle it,” she said.
“In the second set I got a lot of break opportunities but she just played too good so credit to her.”
Siniakova cruised through the first set of her encounter with Riske, forging ahead through a pair of breaks after indulging in groundstrokes and long rallies.
Riske went 3-1 up in the second set, but Siniakova levelled and took the set to a tie-break which she dominated to seal victory.
“I was just trying to focus on every point (in the tie-break),” said Siniakova.
“Actually, after the first point I was thinking, you know, you’ve played so many tie-breaks this year and you won almost all.”
“It couldn’t be better but it isn’t finished yet so we need to be ready for tomorrow.”
The US are missing Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Madison Keys, while the Czechs are without Karolina Pliskova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who has ended up on the bench with a bad cold.
On Sunday, Siniakova is due to face Kenin and Strycova will then take on Riske.
Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova are then scheduled to face Danielle Collins and the Czech-born Nicole Melichar in the final doubles rubber.
But the teams may change and if Kvitova gets better, she might appear on the court.
“We need to discuss that. It will definitely be easier to put the team together when we’re 2-0 up,” said Czech captain Petr Pala.
Czech billionaire businessman Andrej Babis was on course on Saturday for a big win in a parliamentary election, early results showed, ushering his ANO party to power to cut taxes, lift investments and fight immigration.
Babis’s ANO movement had won 30.74 percent of the vote — nearly three times more than any other party’s showing — with 77.65 percent of voting districts counted.
At 7.56 percent, the ruling Social Democrats of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka were on course for their worst result since the country peacefully split with Slovakia in 1993.
The Social Democrats or the Civic Democrats have led every Czech cabinet since Czechoslovakia split, apart from caretaker administrations.
The Czech economy has enjoyed rapid growth, a balanced budget and the lowest unemployment in the European Union in the past four years, but the Social Democrats – who led a government with ANO and another partner – have not been able to capitalise.
Instead, ANO and other anti-establishment groups took advantage of voters’ disgust with politics as usual by promising to week out corruption, fight deeper European Union integration and stop the country from accepting quotas for taking in refugees imposed by Brussels.
Babis himself has promised to bring a businessman’s touch to government, resonating with voters.