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Russia: 8 Killed in Massive Fire at Hostel (Video)


Fri 29 Jul 2022 | 11:31 AM
Omnia Ahmed

At least eight people were killed in a fire at a Russian hostel at Alma-Atinskaya street in the south of Moscow, a source in the emergency services told TASS on Friday.

"It has been established that eight people died in the fire, three more are being examined by medics at the moment," the source said. "Rescuers continue clearing the debris."

"The fire has engulfed three rooms and a corridor on the total area of 150 square meters. It has been already put out," the source added.

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Eight people were killed in the fire that erupted on the first floor of an apartment building in the south of the Russian capital was received at 23:58 Moscow time on Thursday, according to the Emergencies Ministry.

The ministry added that the fire was extinguished at 00:47 Moscow time on Friday. The firefighters rescued eight people from the fire, while 200 people were evacuated from the high-rise apartment building.

A group of experts has arrived at the scene to establish the cause of the tragedy. The Russian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the death of people.

Last June, at least two people were injured after a fire swept through the business center Grand Setun Plaza. Firefighters rescued over 120 people from the burning business center in western Moscow.

“According to preliminary reports, more than 120 people have been rescued from the burning building, and the search for more people continues,” the spokesperson said.

The blaze has engulfed the first four floors of the building, scorching 1,000 square meters. The blaze has been classified as a five-alarm fire.