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Massive fire at Russia's historic Saint Petersburg factory

Apr 13, 2021 10:14 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Fire gutted a historic factory in Russia's Saint Petersburg on Monday, sending clouds of black smoke over the former imperial capital. Listed as a cultural heritage site, the building was home to one of Russia's largest textile companies in the second half of the 19th century.

The inferno spread to an area of about 10,000 square metres and a large part of the roof had collapsed.

The emergencies ministry said the body of one firefighter who had died had been recovered, while two others were hospitalised in serious condition with burns covering 40 to 50 percent of their bodies. Forty people had been evacuated from the factory. A nearby hotel was also shuttered and its occupants were relocated.

 

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