Authorities said the death toll is likely to rise as it being a Sunday, the mall and most of the floors were packed with visitors
The Hush Post: Over 37 persons, including several kids and women, were burnt alive in a big fire that broke out at a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.
As per reports, the fire started on the upper floor of the Winter Cherry complex and soon spread out to other areas. At least people are said to be injured in this incident. The disaster management teams and fire fighters have been pressed in to control the fire. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, The Indian Express reported on Monday.
The report said that the fire began on the upper floor of the Winter Cherry Complex that has a chain of theatres, restaurants and also a zoo for kids. The fire began in the entertainment centre in the complex and immediately spread out to the theatre. Russia’s Investigative Committee in a statement said that the roof of two cinema halls collapsed amassing the massive death toll, it was reported.
Tass news agency reported that nearly 40 children are missing as search and rescue operation continued in the building panned across 1,600 square meters of area. The shopping centre is located in Kemerovo, about 3600 km from Russia’s capital Moscow.
As per a BBC report, Yevgeny Dedyukhin, deputy head of the Kemerovo region emergency department, said, “We’ve got 288 emergency personnel working on site, 62 fire units and an airborne group.”
According to reports, emergency services had found 13 dead bodies in one of the cinema halls, while over 100 people were rescued from the flames.
An emergency has been declared in the area and over 300 rescuers have been deployed for the operation at the site of fire.
The death toll is likely to increase as it being a Sunday, the shopping mall and most of the floors were packed with visitors, authorities said.