Russian Shopping Mall death toll rises to 64

A shopping centre mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo (Russia) caught a massive fire that left at least 64 shoppers dead and several injured.

Images from Russian news channel showed thick black smoke coming out of the Winter Cherry Shopping Centre, which also houses a sauna, a bowling alley and a multiplex cinema and was packed with people on Sunday afternoon.
The mall was extinguished in the morning after burning throughout the night.

According to BBC, the exact cause of the fire is not yet known but authorities have launched a criminal investigation.
Russian emergency ministry, Alexandre Eremeyev said in a statement that several floors were packed with people mid-day Sunday.

“No one knows exactly how many people there were inside when the fire broke out.”

“Where to look for people? How many are there? That has greatly complicated the work of the firefighters,” he said, adding that the thick smoke was also hindering their task.

Source : AFP

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