MOSCOW – Russian officials say a fire in a Moscow shopping center killed one person and injured six
Ilya Denisov, head of the Moscow department of the Ministry of Emergency Services, said the fire on Wednesday in a mall in an eastern district of Moscow killed one employee and injured six firemen. Denisov said that the employee went in the opposite direction from the emergency exit and suffocated.
Authorities did not give the cause but said the fire started in a storage area on the top floor.
The fire just a week after a fire in a Siberian shopping center claimed 64 lives and shocked the nation.
Authorities vowed to increase fire protection, and shops and offices across Russia began to perform fire exercises and inspect fire-fighting equipment.