Russia cafe blaze north of Moscow kills 13, injures 5


MOSCOW — A fireplace in a big cafe within the Russian metropolis of Kostroma killed 13 folks and injured 5 others on Saturday, native authorities stated.

The governor of the Kostroma area, Sergei Sitnikov, stated 13 folks died within the hearth and 5 extra have been barely injured. Kostroma, a riverside metropolis of 270,000, is 340 kilometers (210 miles) north of Moscow.

The blaze erupted within the early hours after somebody apparently used a flare gun, in line with the authorities. The Russian state information company RIA Novosti reported {that a} brawl erupted within the cafe shortly earlier than the fireplace, however it wasn’t instantly clear if it had something to do with the flare gun.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates main crimes, stated a suspect had been detained for allegedly firing the flare gun and that the cafe’s director additionally was being held.

Rescuers have been in a position to evacuate 250 folks. The roof of the cafe collapsed in the course of the hearth, which engulfed an space of three,500 sq. meters (greater than 37,000 sq. ft). Firefighters spent 5 hours battling the blaze, and a dozen residents of close by residential buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.

Ikhtiyar Mirzoyev, a member of the regional legislature and proprietor of the cafe, promised help to these affected by the fireplace.

It wasn’t the primary time that pyrotechnics prompted a lethal hearth at a leisure venue in Russia. In 2009, greater than 150 folks have been killed in a blaze on the Lame Horse nightclub within the metropolis of Perm that erupted after a performer set off fireworks.

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