North of Moscow kills 13 | Russia cafe blaze
A massive fire that killed at least 13 people and injured five others in a popular cafe in the Russian city of Kostroma has been extinguished.
The governor of the Kostroma region, Sergei Sitnikov, said 13 people died in the fire and five more were slightly injured.
Kostroma is located at an elevation of 940 meters, or 300 feet, in the North Caucasus region of Russia. It’s 210 miles north of Moscow.
A fire broke out in a warehouse in the early hours of the morning following the use of a flare gun.
A fight broke out inside a cafe shortly before a fire started, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the fight had anything to do with the flare gun.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes, said two suspects were detained. The cafe’s director is also being held.
During the fire at the cafe, rescue workers were able to evacuate 250 people from the building. The roof of the building collapsed and engulfed an area of more than 37,000 square feet.
Firefighters spent five hours battling the blaze and evacuating 12 nearby residents.
Akhtar mirzoyev, a member of the regional legislature, made a promise to assist those affected by the fire.
It wasn’t the first time a fireworks display caused a deadly fire in Russia.
In 2009, more than 100 people were killed in a fire at the Lame Horse nightclub in the city of Perm that erupted after a dancer set off fireworks.
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