Russia fire: Dozens die in Kemerovo shopping mall blaze - MRCAESAR.COM

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Russia fire: Dozens die in Kemerovo shopping mall blaze




Firefighters tackle fatal shopping centre fire
At least 37 people are confirmed to have died in a fire that tore through a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.
Russian media say at least 64 others, including as many as 41 children aged between two and 17, are missing.
The blaze started on an upper floor of the Winter Cherry complex and many of the victims were in a cinema.
Video posted on social media showed people jumping from windows to escape the flames on Sunday.
Smoke billowed from windows as fire crews worked to evacuate the property.
Kemerovo, a key coal-producing area, lies about 3,600km (2,200 miles) east of Moscow.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known but authorities have launched an investigation.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has offered his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as did Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.
My condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible fire in the shopping mall in #Kemerovo. It is tragic that so many children are dead or missing. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured. #Russia
— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) March 25, 2018
My sincere condolences to families, relatives and friends of victims of terrible fire in shopping mall in #Kemerovo #Russia, I am very saddened that so many children are dead or missing, I wish speedy recovery to all injured
— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) March 25, 2018
Where did the fire start?
The complex, which was opened in 2013, includes movie theatres, restaurants, a sauna, a bowling alley and a children's zoo.
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— Dasha (@DashaOy) March 25, 2018
The fire is believed to have started around 17:00 (10:00 GMT) in a part of the building that contains the entertainment complex, local media report.
"According to preliminary information, the roof collapsed in two cinemas," Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement.
AFP
Smoke billowed from the building
Yevgeny Dedyukhin, deputy head of the Kemerovo region emergency department, said the area of the fire was about 1,500 sq m.
"We've got 288 emergency personnel working on site, 62 fire units and an airborne group," he added.
"They are all taking part in the search and rescue operation. We are taking all necessary measures to extinguish the fire. The shopping centre is a very complex construction. There are a lot of combustible materials."
What do we know of the victims?
Deputy governor of the Kemerovo region, Vladimir Chernov, said 13 bodies had been found in one of the movie halls.
Emergency services managed to evacuate about 100 people from the building and rescued another 20, Itar-Tass news agency reports.

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