Mall in Russian Fire, 2 peoples killed

Mall in Russian Fire, 2 peoples killed

Ufa : Russia | Jan 22, 2011 at 8:04 PM PST
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Fire that apparently triggered the blast at a shopping mall in the city of Ufa in Russia's Urals region, killing two people and injuring at least three other people.

"We found a dead man in the fire. Previously we have found the body of a woman," said Interior Ministry official Maxim Rodionov. He added that the woman who was found dead was born in 1993.

Artem Veleyev, a spokesman for the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, say, between three and five people had been injured. Rodionov said, the explosion and fire at a popular cafe with the smoker may be the cused of the fire, while Valeyev declared "highly unlikely (the explosion) was a terrorist act."

Emergency Services Ministry official, Oleg Zaqueyev, say, two-floor shopping center was burned at 4,000 square feet (about 1,200 square meters).

More than 70 firefighters and 40 vehicles have been sent to the scene along with a number of ambulances, he explained.

A worker at a cafe next to the shopping place, Alina Islamova, explained on Radio Echo of Moscow that the evacuation is difficult because the main entrance on fire. Two car outside the entrance that was on fire and exploded, he said.

Ufa is the capital of Bashkortostan, a republic rich in oil with most of the population are Muslims. European shopping centers in the city center that includes several restaurants, nightclub and also a number of stores.

A number of witnesses quoted by news agency RIA-Novosty tell they heard an explosion at around 12:30 GMT and the fire began shortly after that.

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Fire at a shopping mall in the city of Ufa in Russia's Urals region
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