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Two firefighting trains, 220 firemen tackling major blaze in St. Petersburg

No deaths or casualties were reported

MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. A hangar caught fire and collapsed in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, the fire has spread to the area of 12,000 square meters, the press service of the Russian emergencies ministry told TASS on Tuesday.

The facility is located within an industrial zone and is surrounded by warehouses.

"At 02:13 [Moscow time] on December 3, 2019, we were informed that a hangar measuring 150 by 80 meters and with the height of 15 meters has caught fire," the source said. "Its [supporting] structures have collapsed."

The Russian emergencies ministry has sent two firefighting trains to the area.

"At present, 220 people and 49 pieces of equipment are involved [in the firefighting effort]," the ministry said.

. No deaths or injuries were reported during the fire, St. Petersburg emergencies chief Alexei Anikin told reporters.

"There were no deaths or injuries," said Anikin, who heads the St. Petersburg Department of the Russian Emergency Situations ministry.

Open fire is now raging at the area of 6,000 square meters. The entire area of the fire is 12,000 square meters. The main task of the firefighters is to prevent the blaze from spreading to other containers stored in the warehouse.

According to rescuers, the fire broke out on the premises of in a multifunctional logistics complex with a total area of 92 hectares.

He also said the facility was used to store rubber, plywood and other construction materials.