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MOSCOW, April 3 (Itar-Tass) - The Interior Ministry department for Chechnya reinforced police units in the streets near the Grozny City hotel and residential compound in Chechnya’s capital. Chiefs of the republican interior ministry arrived at the site of the fire, a source in the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
The report says over 300 police cordoned off the area ensuring the passage of fire engines and ambulances to the site of the fire.
One hundred fire fighters are operating; 16 units of equipment are used, Kantemir Davydov, the chief of the press service of the North Caucasus regional center of the Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass.
The ministry reported earlier that witnesses informed the fire-fighting service at 18:15 Moscow time about the fire at the high-rise compound, with clouds of smoke being seen at the level of the 4th and 5th storeys.
Law enforcement agencies reported that people had been evacuated from the building and that nobody had been hurt.
Witnesses said flammable sheathing was burning, but the fire was subsiding.
The fire occurred in the five-star hotel and residential building over 40-storey tall. According to some reports, the apartment of actor Gerard Depardieu was situated in that building, but police specified that his apartment was located in another building.
The high-rise residential compound Grozny city in situated in central Grozny on the bank of the Sunzha River. The 40-storey tower is the tallest residential building in Russia outside Moscow.