Supermarket in St. Petersburg burns down, no casualties reported

Supermarket in St. Petersburg burns down, no casualties reported
Supermarket in St. Petersburg Burns Down, no Deaths Reported
Preliminary data suggests that the fire in the Lenta supermarket in St. Petersburg may have erupted due to an electrical malfunction, an emergency services representative told Sputnik.

After more than 800 people were evacuated from the Lenta supermarket in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Saturday morning, the roof of the building collapsed on an area of 3,800 square metres.

Russian shopping centers and public places have been subject to special control and additional checks since tragedy struck at a mall in the western Siberian city of Kemerovo in March. The incident – considered to be the worst of its kind in the country for many years – claimed the lives of 60 people in Kemerovo, the majority of whom were children.

Huge blaze prompts massive evacuation at St. Petersburg mall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Although the emergency services managed to localise the fire and there are no immediate reports of injuries or casualties, the blaze rapidly covered an area of about 5,000 sq. metres. One social media user managed to capture the smoke from the fire rising over the city:

Supermarket in Russia burns down, no casualties reported

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More than 50 firefighters were sent to battle the fire and managed to bring it under control in around two hours. There is no threat to any other buildings in the area.

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Locals took to social media to share dramatic pictures and footage of the blaze. Plumes of thick, black smoke could be seen from various parts of the city.

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Rescue services evacuated people from a shopping mall that housed the supermarket after the fire was reported at 8.30am local time (0530 GMT), the head office of St Petersburg emergencies ministry said. The fire was brought under control a few hours later.

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Heavy black smoke spread around the shopping mall as flames were blazing from the inside of the building and on its roof, according to footage shown on Rossiya24 state TV channel. The roof later collapsed, according to RIA news agency.

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Fire safety is an acute problem in Russia. In March, one of the deadliest fires since the break-up of the Soviet Union killed more than 60 visitors in a shopping mall in Siberia.

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A supermarket of Russias Lenta food retailer caught massive fire in central St. Petersburg on Saturday and its roof collapsed, but there were no casualties, Lenta and Russian news agencies reported.

Rescue services evacuated people from a shopping mall that housed the supermarket after the fire was reported at 0830 local time (0530 GMT), the head office of St. Petersburg emergencies ministry said. 

The fire was brought under control a few hours later. Heavy black smoke spread around the shopping mall as flames were blazing from the inside of the building and on its roof, according to footage shown on Rossiya24 state TV channel. The roof later collapsed, according to RIA news agency.

Fire safety is an acute problem in Russia. In March, one of the deadliest fires since the break-up of the Soviet Union killed more than 60 visitors in a shopping mall in Siberia.


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