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Leisure Complex Fire Caused by Negligence

Posted 628 days ago | 27.03.18

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Leisure Complex Fire Caused by Negligence

President Putin declared that the fire which swept through a leisure complex in Siberia, killing 64 people, 41 of them children, was caused by negligence. On his visit to the scene in Kemerovo, Siberia, Mr Putin berated ‘sloppiness’.

Investigators have found that fire alarms were switched off and emergency exits blocked when the fire started on Sunday. A group of around 300  people gathered outside the local government headquarters demanding the dismissal of authorities.

Though the cause of the fire is not yet known, it is clear that safety procedures were not followed at the Winter Cherry mall.

Sunday was the start of a public holiday and many children were playing alone upstairs when the fire broke out o an upper floor. The mall, which includes shops, a cinema and bowling alley was very busy at the time. 

Videos taken on mobile phones show people jumping from windows to escape. It seems that a fire safety technician at the complex switched off the alarm system after being alerted about the fire.

 A criminal investigation has begun. This is an accident that should never have happened.

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