A fire in a bar left at least 15 dead and five injured in Russia

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The fire may have started after a drunken man set off a flare gun in the middle of the dance floor. Firefighters reported that it was difficult to control the flames because there was a risk of the building collapsing

A drunk man may have started the fire with a flare

A bar fire killed at least 15 people in the Russian city of Kostroma, some 300 km northeast of < b>Moscow, news agencies indicated.

The fire may have started after a drunk manlight a flare launcher, reported the Tass agency.

The governor of the region, Sergei Sitnikov , initially stated that there were 13 fatalities, but rescue services later reported finding the remains of two other people.

A fire in a bar left at least 15 dead and five injured in Russia

Firefighters work to extinguish the fire in a Russian bar

“ Two new bodies have been discovered. This means that the total number of victims is now 15″, a source from the security services told Tass.

Bar fire leaves at least 15 dead and five injured in Russia

Firefighters work to extinguish a cafe fire in Kostroma, Russia

Images from state television showed dozens of firefighters and emergency personnel battling a huge fire that engulfed the one-story building.

The sign with the name of the place, “Poligon”, could be seen between the flames on the ceiling.

Local emergency services said they received the first notices of the fire around 02:00 a.m. (local) and that the flames burned 3,500 square meters.

The fire was extinguished at 07:30 a.m. (0430 GMT), according to Governor Sitnikov.

The fire also caused five injuries, but they did not require hospitalization, the governor added.

< p>A bar fire left at least 15 dead and five injured in Russia

The fire may have started after a drunken man set off a flare gun in the middle of the dance floor

Russian news agencies reported that 250 people were evacuated from the establishment when the flames started.

On its website, Poligon is described as the typical “stolovaya” Russian – a restaurant that serves traditional food and is popular with workers – and indicates that it is located in a “distribution center”.

A firefighter told regional state television that 50 people and 20 fire vehicles were needed to extinguish the fire.

He explained that the fire was particularly difficult to control because there was a risk of the building collapsing.

< p>A fire in a bar left at least 15 dead and five injured in Russia

Firefighters reported that it was difficult to control the flames because there was a risk of the building collapsing

Regarding the possible origin of the fire, the Tass agency, citing the emergency services, states that a drunk man “was with a woman in the bar, to which he offered flowers, while holding in his hand a gun with flares

“Then he went to the track dance, and lit” the flare launcher, according to this source.

Kostroma, on the banks of the Volga River and with a population With some 230,000 people, it is one of the oldest cities in Russia and is famous for itsmedieval architecture and its monasteries.

(With information from Europa Press)

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