Sunday 22 April 2018

Russian shopping centre fire: At least 64 people killed by blaze in cinema complex and children's play area

  • At least 64 people were killed by a fire in a shopping mall
  • Fire swept through cinema complex and children's play area were located
  • Some people had jumped from upper windows of the mall to escape the flames
Still photo taken from video provided by Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a site of a fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, Russia March 25, 2018. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
Still photo taken from video provided by Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a site of a fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, Russia March 25, 2018. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
Still photo taken from video provided by Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a site of a fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, Russia March 25, 2018. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
Firefighters extinguish a fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, Russia March 25, 2018. REUTERS/Dmitry Saturin
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, on Sunday, March 25, 2018, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo on Sunday, March 25, 2018, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Rescue personnel is seen on a site of fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, Russia March 25, 2018. REUTERS/Dmitry Saturin
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Sixty four people are confirmed to have died in a fire at a shopping centre in Siberia.

Russia's emergency situations minister Vladimir Puchkov told a televised briefing on Monday that firefighters had finished combing through the four floors of the shopping centre in the city of Kemerovo.

Six bodies have not yet been recovered, he said.

Puchkov would not say how many of the victims were children.

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, on Sunday, March 25, 2018, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, on Sunday, March 25, 2018, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

The Winter Cherry centre was a popular destination for families and it was packed with visitors on Sunday, the first weekend of the school holiday, when the fire broke out.

The fire was extinguished on Monday morning after burning through the night.

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo on Sunday, March 25, 2018, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo on Sunday, March 25, 2018, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

Parts of the building were still smouldering and the floors of the cinema hall had caved in in places, officials said.

State news agency Tass had earlier reported that 11 of the bodies had been found in the centre'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 was not yet known. A criminal investigation has begun.

The shopping centre is about 1,900 miles east of Moscow.

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