RUSSIA: Firefighters Have No Access to Some Rooms of Burning Kemerovo Shopping Mall
69 Missing, Including 40 Children, After Shopping Center Fire in Russia – Source
SPUTNIK – A fire in a shopping mall in Russia’s Kemerovo left 37 people dead, according to the crisis center. Earlier, 69 people were reported missing, including 40 children.
A fire engulfed a ‘Winter Cherry’ shopping centre earlier on Sunday in Russia’s city of Kemerovo leaving at least four children dead, according to sources. 37 were later reported dead.
Later, the death toll was confirmed by the Russian Investigative Committee. “At the moment, the death of 37 people in a fire in the shopping mall in the city of Kemerovo is confirmed. The searches continue,” the committee said on Telegram.
Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said that the firefighters combating the fire in the shopping mall could not reach several rooms of the mall.
“The firefighters and rescuers are working at the risk of their own lifes… there is no access to certain rooms [of the mall] because of high temperatures,” Puchkov said at a video conference dedicated to the deadly blaze.
According to updated data by a source in the local emergency services, 69 people are missing, including 40 children.
During the fire, the police have encircled the area of the incident, evacuating everyone nearby. There were reportedly at least a hundred of people inside the trade centre at the moment.
Kemerovo, a coal-mining centre in Siberia, is located some 3,600 km (2,200 miles) east of Moscow. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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