Firefighter Killed In Blaze In Russian City Of St Petersburg

People look at smoke and flame rising from the Nevskaya Manufaktura textile factory founded by English merchant J. Thornton in 1841, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, April 12, 2021. The emergencies ministry said the fire had broken out over several floors of the red-brick Nevskaya Manufaktura building on the Oktyabrskaya Embankment of the Neva River. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

(AP) — Authorities in Russia say a major fire has engulfed a business center in St. Petersburg, the country’s second largest city, killing a firefighter and injuring two others.

Emergency officials said Monday that the fire has spread across all four of the building’s floors and was raging on the area of 10,000 square meters. Authorities say around 300 people were involved in battling the blaze.

One firefighter died and two more were hospitalized with injuries, according to the Russian Emergency Ministry. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire, and an investigation was launched.


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