MOSCOW, January 27 (Itar-Tass) – The police report that seven injured and two victims in the fire, which occurred in Moscow on Saturday, were Uzbekistan’s citizens, the police press service said on Sunday.
“The police found on the site several passports, which belonged to people caught in the fire. Seven injured were citizens of Uzbekistan. Besides, two of the nine dead were identified also as citizens of Uzbekistan,” the press service said.
Nine people died and six people were hospitalised when a fire broke out in a Moscow housing complex, the Russian Healthcare Ministry told Itar-Tass.
The Mayor’s Office also confirmed the death of nine people, Deputy Mayor for the Social Development Leonid Pechatnikov told journalists.
Criminal proceedings have been instituted against people’s death during the fire in the south-west of Moscow, a spokesperson of the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate told Itar-Tass on Saturday. The spokesperson said during the investigation, all circumstances of the tragedy would be established. Those guilty of the tragic incident will be punished.
The fire in a new housing development in Moscow has killed nine builders, the Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass on Saturday. “By 4.20 p.m. Moscow time the inspection of all buildings has been over,” the ministry said. “According to the ministry’s reports, nine people have died during the fire in the new housing development, in Khersonskaya Street.” Among those who were affected by the fire were workers, who were building the facility and residing in it.
“The fire occurred in Khersonskaya Street at 1:08 p.m. Moscow time. Two hours later the fire was put out. The total area was 200 square metres.”
“According to updated information, the fire occurred in a housing complex. Under the project, it should have 24 storeys. The facility’s construction should be completed in the summer,” the ministry’s official said. The ministry said the fire could occur due to a gross violation of safety rules during construction works with the use of fire equipment as a result of which construction debris caught the fire.
The fire-fighting units arrived on the spot in time and took necessary measures to evacuate people. In addition, law-enforcement agencies said the late call for rescuers could also be one of the reasons for the grave consequences. “It is not ruled out that people tried to put out the fire themselves. But they failed and the fire continued to spread,” a law-enforcer said.
He added that people died of poisoning with combustion products.
The Emergency Situations Ministry stressed that the building owner was responsible for fire safety on the facility.