MOSCOW, November 3 (Itar-Tass) - According to preliminary reports, no people were injured in the fire, which broke out at the School of Modern Drama theatre in central Moscow, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported on Sunday.
“According to preliminary reports, the ceilings of the second floor collapsed partially on an area of about 150 square metres, no people were injured in the fire,” a source in the ministry said.
The fire may spread on neighbouring buildings, the Moscow law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass.
More than 350 people were evacuated from the theatre building. Several fire trucks are working at the fire site.
“According to preliminary reports, the fire area in the 2-story theatre building situated in Neglinnaya Street makes about 500 square metres,” the source said.
According to preliminary emergency reports, the wooden ceilings are burning between the second floor and the attic.
The fire-fighting headquarters was formed, the fire is rated at the second degree according to the five-point fire scale.
The traffic is strongly restricted over the fire in Neglinnaya Street at the School of Modern Drama theatre in central Moscow, the police have fenced off the fire area, the press service of the Moscow police told Itar-Tass.
The police reported that the road police have blocked the traffic in Neglinnaya Street in both directions, the traffic on Petrovsky Boulevard is also restricted on the even lane.
In general , the traffic is restricted in the streets and bystreets around the metro station Trubnaya. Several recovery vehicles came at the fire site to remove the cars in the area that can hamper the emergency vehicles to fight the fire.
The company of the theatre includes Albert Filozov, Sergei Yursky, Vladimir Kachan, Tatiana Vasilyeva, Irina Alferova, Tatiana Vedeneyeva, Yelena Sanayeva and many other famous actors.
The theatre occupies the building of a legendary restaurant Hermitage, which was opened by famous French cook Lucien Olivier and Moscow merchant Yakov Pegov in 1864.
The theatre building on Trubnaya Square that housed the former restaurant Hermitage is one of the most beautiful buildings in central Moscow. Rimsky-Korsakov, Chekhov, Gorky, Taneyev, Tchaikovsky, Shalyapin and many other famous cultural personalities visited the restaurant.
In the early twenties of the previous century the well-known restaurant was closed and the house of peasant was opened at the building. Marvellous halls with stucco works and frescos by famous Russian painter Vrubel were turned in a warehouse. At different times the building housed different facilities.
In 1989 the Moscow School of Modern Drama Theatre was opened at this building.