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Russian shopping mall fire kills at least 48, says report

The fire at the four-story mall in Kemerovo was extinguished in the morning after burning through the night. Parts of the building were still smouldering and the floors of the cinema hall had caved in in places, an emergency official said.

Reported by: AP , Moscow [ Updated: March 26, 2018 12:08 IST ]
37 killed, 69 missing in Russian shopping center fire
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37 killed, 69 missing in Russian shopping center fire

A fire at a shopping mall in a Siberian city killed at least 48 people, Russian officials said Monday. At least 16 people were still missing, state news agency Tass reported, citing Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov.

The fire at the four-story Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo was extinguished in the morning after burning through the night. Parts of the building were still smouldering and the floors of the cinema hall had caved in in places, another emergency official said.

“More bodies were discovered during the inspection of the scene and we confirm the death toll is at 48,” Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladlen Aksyonov said, according to Tass.

The news agency had earlier reported that 11 of the bodies had been found in the mall’s cinema. The shopping centre opened in 2013 and also included a petting zoo, children’s centre and bowling.

Tass said the fire started on the top floor but the cause wasn’t immediately known. A criminal investigation was begun.

The mall is about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow.

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