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MOSCOW, October 31 (Itar-Tass) - Fire in a thermal collector located in the vicinity of Moscow Mayor’s Office on the downtown Tverskaya Street caused fumigation of the adjacent area, spokespeople for the federal Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ told Itar-Tass.
“At 18:53 Moscow Standard Time, the call center of the city’s firefighting service received a signal about fire that had supposedly broken out at 15, Tverskaya Street,” a spokeswoman told Itar-Tass.
At the time of reporting, experts were saying that the thermal collector was almost 300 meters long and covered the length of buildings 15 and 17 on Tverskaya.
Teams of firefighters arrived at the scene five minutes after the call center had received the signal on the blaze.
Reports also spoke of firefighters’ efforts to close for public access one of the entrances to the Pushkinskaya and Tverskaya metro stations.
Also, electricity was cut off at 15, Tverskaya Street. Firefighters and EMERCOM workers could be seen walking though numerous offices and shops located in the building and warning their staffs on the problems that might be coming up.