At least 37 people were killed and several others were injured when a major fire broke out at a busy shopping centre in an industrial city in western Siberia.
According to TASS news agency, “At this time, we can confirm the deaths of 37 people in the fire at the Kemerovo shopping centre.”
Images surfaced showing thick black smoke pouring out of the Winter Cherry shopping centre in the city of Kemerovo, which also has a sauna, a multiplex cinema and a bowling alley.
Reports also added that 69 people including 40 children were missing.
People trying to break the locked door to escape the mall on fire. Instagram broadcast.
Already six confirmed casualties and 35+ missing. This could be their last broadcast as fire was fastly approaching. pic.twitter.com/scvJxgPfbU
— English Russia (@EnglishRussia1) March 25, 2018
The preliminary findings of the inquiry said the fire started around 1100 GMT in one of the cinema halls and destroyed more than 1,000 square metres of the centre. Around 120 people had been evacuated from the burning centre, rescuers said.
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