37 Dead, 69 Missing in Russian Shopping Center Fire, Many of Them Children

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
March 25, 2018Worldshare
37 Dead, 69 Missing in Russian Shopping Center Fire, Many of Them 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 1,900 miles east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

MOSCOW—A devastating fire at a shopping center in a Siberian city killed 37 people and left 69 others missing Sunday, many of them children, a Russian state news agency reported.

The Tass agency quoted firefighters as saying that 40 of the missing at the four-story Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo were children. An additional 43 people were injured in the blaze, the report said.

There has been no immediate information on the cause of the fire at the mall, which is about 1,900 miles east of Moscow. But Tass reported that the fire started on the top floor and consumed an area of about 16,150 square feet.

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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 1,900 miles east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

The reports didn’t say if the victims died from burns or smoke inhalation.

The shopping mall, which opened in 2013, has a cinema, petting zoo, children’s center and bowling, Tass reported.

 

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