37 dead, scores missing in Siberia shopping mall fire

Written by March 26, 2018 08:40

Moscow: At least 37 people, including 11 children, have been killed in a fire at a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, the Russian Investigative Committee has said.

State news agency Tass reported that the fire started on an upper floor of the Winter Cherry complex in central Kemerovo.

The fire, which broke out on yesterday, was finally contained some 12 hours later, after engulfing some 1,600 square meters area. The building sustained severe damage, its roof and floors partially collapsing.

Several hundred people, including many children, were in the mall at the time.The complex, which was opened in 2013, includes movie theatres, restaurants, a sauna and a children’s zoo.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of the fire Emergency services managed to evacuate more than 100 people from the building, Tass news agency said.Authorities have launched an investigation, RT reported.
Kemerovo is a coal-producing region some 3,600 km east of Moscow.