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Putin visits scene of Kemerovo shopping mall fire, lays flowers in memory of victims

March 27, 6:09 UTC+3 KEMEROVO

The president laid a bouquet of roses to the spontaneous memorial near the building

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KEMEROVO, March 27. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin laid flowers at the Zimnyaya Vishnya (or Winter Cherry) shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, where more than 60 people died in a fire.

The president laid a bouquet of roses to the spontaneous memorial near the building, where people bring flowers, stuffed toys and photographs of the victims.

Putin and the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo inspected the facade of the burnt down building.

The fire started on the top floor of the four-storey Zimnyaya Vishnya (or Winter Cherry) shopping mall on March 25, engulfing an area of some 1,500 square meters. According to the most recent data, a total of 64 people were killed in the fire, 60 injured were treated in hospitals, 15 of them were hospitalized and 40 received outpatient care. The bodies of 25 victims have already been identified.

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