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People look at smoke and flames rising from the Nevskaya Manufacture, which was founded by English merchant J. Thornton in 1841, in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, April 12, 2021. The Ministry of Emergencies said that the fire broke out on several floors of the Nevskaya Manufaktura building built from Red brick on the Oktyabrskaya embankment of the Neva River. (AP Photo / Dmitry Lovitsky)
Moscow The Independent: – A major fire broke out in a shopping center in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, on Monday, killing a firefighter and wounding two others.
Emergency officials said the fire spread to all four floors of the building and was raging in an area of 10,000 square meters (more than 100,000 square feet). The authorities said that about 300 people took part in fighting the fire.
One of the firefighters died and two others were taken to hospital from their wounds, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Interfax news agency reported that 40 people had been evacuated from the building.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire and an investigation was opened. The Interfax news agency reported that the building in which the mall was located was constructed in the 19th century, and its deteriorating condition made it difficult for firefighters to deal with the fire.
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