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One Dead, Six Injured As Fire Hits Shopping Center In Moscow


Russian emergency service staff work at the site of a fire in a shopping mall in Moscow on April 4.

One man has been killed and six firefighters injured in a fire that broke out at a shopping center for children's goods in Moscow.

The chief emergency official in Moscow, Ilya Denisov, told reporters that two firefighters were injured while extinguishing the blaze at the Persei Dlya Detei (Perseus For Children) shopping center on April 4.

According to Denisov, the fire was fully extinguished and the lives of the injured firefighters are not in danger.

The blaze came 10 days after a fire at a shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo killed 64 people, including dozens of children, and raised severe concerns about safety in such buildings.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter that the April 4 fire affected 80 square meters at the box-shaped shopping mall in eastern Moscow.

"The firefighters behaved heroically. Several rescuers turned for medical assistance. Unfortunately, an employee of the shopping mall died. I express my condolences to his relatives and friends," Sobyanin wrote.

Media reports cited emergency and firefighting officials earlier as saying that at least 115 people were evacuated from the building.

Investigators said that at the mall in Kemerovo, fire exits were blocked, the public-address system had been shut off by a guard, and the fire alarm system was out of service.

President Vladimir Putin blamed the fire at the Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) mall in Kemerovo on "criminal negligence" and "carelessness," and vowed that those responsible would be punished.

With reporting by RIA Novosti, Interfax, TASS, and Dozhd
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