A TRAIN TRAVELS where a Nazi train rumored to have gone missing at the end of World War II is believed to be in southwestern Poland.
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The area surrounding the newly-discovered Nazi train filled with Holocaust- era plunder in southern Poland went up in flames on Monday, according to reports by The Telegraph.
The fire brigade brought to the scene to fight the blaze said they are almost positive the fire was not due to an arson attack, reported The Telegraph.
The fire only adds to the mystery of the legendary train in the wake of a request put forth by Polish officials
to World War II buffs and rail enthusiasts to stop searching for a Nazi German train.
Tadeusz Slowikowski, a treasure hunter who has been on the hunt for the train for 40 years revealed to The Daily Mail
that he had faced threats on his search for the legendary train.
"As soon as we started, three men in civilian clothes and carrying guns came up to us and threatened us, telling us to stop. I didn't know who they were, but I had my suspicions," Slowikowski said in an interview with The Daily Mail
"Shortly afterwards my dog was poisoned. Then my front door was smashed in and then my phones began to be tapped. These were classic tactics of the secret police when they wanted to intimidate people," said Slowikowski.
“A lot of dangerous people are interested in finding this train, this [fire] could have been a warning from one of them,” he added.
Polish authorities last week all but confirmed the discovery of the train
, which has long been believed to contain millions of dollars worth of Nazi loot. On Friday, Polish Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski announced he has seen a ground-penetrating radar image indicating that the train, which two unidentified individuals claimed to locate earlier this month, likely exists.
The train is believed to be one that reportedly disappeared in 1945 loaded with gold, gems, art and guns bound for Berlin, one of several trains the Nazis used in an attempt to save their war plunder from the advancing Allies. According to local lore, the train vanished after entering a network of tunnels under the Owl Mountains.
Sam Sokol and Reuters contributed to this report.