A big fire They razed a shopping center this Monday at eastern outskirts of Moscowthe second similar fire in four days.
The fire in the compound. balashija, where construction material and decoration pieces were sold, began in a warehouse area and was later extended to part of the building. A security guard was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
Fire crews managed to contain it in an area of about 9,000 square meters (97,000 square feet) and prevent it from swallowing the entire building.
Authorities attributed the disaster to a short circuit on a day of heavy rain in Moscow.
Another fire destroyed the huge OBI building materials store, which was part of the MEGA shopping center in Khimki, on the northwestern outskirts of the Russian capital, on Friday.
In the first instance, the local news agencies pointed to an arson attack, although they later cited sources that denied a deliberate act and pointed out violations of security regulations. A guard died in the accident.
In Russia, where safety regulations are often lax, there have been several deadly fires at entertainment venues in recent years.
Last month, a fire killed 13 people in a bar in the city of Kostroma. An intoxicated man had apparently fired a flare gun inside, but inadequate fire safety regulations caused the large number of deaths, according to authorities.
In 2018, a fire killed 60 people in a shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo. In 2009, another fire in a nightclub in the city of Perm, in the Urals, caused 156 deaths.
But in the context of the war in Ukraine, kyiv’s recent attacks on enemy bases far from the border have raised fears of new offensives on Russian soil.
(With information from AP, AFP)
Ukrainian troops attacked the headquarters of the Russian mercenary group Wagner in Lugansk
Ukraine reported that more than 94,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in combat since the start of the invasion.