MOSCOW – The Russian metropolis was hit by a fire at the end of the week. A huge plume of smoke was seen rising from the center of Moscow on Sunday afternoon. At least 80 firefighters were called to the scene. However, even that did not help everyone, so they report casualties.
A fire that broke out in the center of Moscow on Sunday claimed the lives of seven victims. Referring to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, AFP reported on Monday. According to the TASS agency, six citizens of Russia and one citizen of Tajikistan are among the victims.
The fire broke out on Sunday afternoon in a two-story warehouse located on Komsomolsky Square near three railway stations connecting the Russian capital with other large cities, such as St. Petersburg in the northwest, Kazan in the east, and Vladivostok in the Far East. It was managed to extinguish it completely after more than nine hours late on Sunday evening. The Russian Investigative Committee (Sledkom), which investigates serious crimes and has also taken over this case, attributes the fire “violation of fire regulations”.
AFP noted that such fires are relatively common in Russia, due to aging and dilapidated infrastructure and non-compliance with safety regulations.
More than 80 firefighters were on standby at the scene. The fire was supposed to grow to an area of 1.9 thousand square meters. Images of thick smoke from Komsomolský námesti were spread on social networks.
Three helicopters and a fire train with two tanks took part in extinguishing the fire. According to witnesses, explosions were heard from the place.