A massive fire broke out in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo on March 26, 2018. At least 53 people were killed while several others went missing after a huge blaze gripped the shopping center on Monday. This is considered as one of the deadliest fire mishaps in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union. The fire swept through the upper floors of the mall where a cinema complex and children's play area were located.
Here take a look at photos of the disastrous fire that caught the multi-story building of the people in Russia.
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (AP/PTI)
Russian emergency services said the fire had now been extinguished but that rescuers were struggling to reach the upper floors because the roof of the building had collapsed. (AP)
Photos and video footage from inside the mall after the fire broke out showed a group of people in a smoke-filled staircase trying to smash a fire exit door, which was jammed. (AP)
Russian state investigators said four people had been detained over the fire, including the owners and leasers of outlets inside the shopping mall. The Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said it was trying to bring in the mall's principal owner for questioning. (Reuters)
Still photo taken from video provided by Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a site of a fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, Russia. (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, elected to a new term last weekend, spoke by telephone with the governor of the Kemerovo region and with the head of the Emergencies Ministry. The Russian president "expressed his deep condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those who died," the Kremlin said in a statement. (Reuters)