A deadly fire at a shopping mall centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo in Russia has left at least 64 people dead, many of them are children.Russian emergency workers were still recovering bodies from Kemerovo’s Winter Cherry shopping centre a day after the fire and desperately searching for more than a dozen people still reported missing.
Images from the scene showed thick black smoke pouring from the white-and-yellow tile shopping centre, as firefighters continued to battle the flames.The fire broke out at the shopping centre on a busy Sunday afternoon and quickly engulfed the top floor of the building, spreading through a children’s ice-skating rink, play centre and a two-screen cinema.
It is still unclear what sparked the fire, which was put out on Sunday evening.
The section of the shopping centre housing the cinema screens collapsed during the fire, Russia’s emergencies ministry reported on Monday.The death toll on Sunday was one of the worst in a single day from a fire in Russia in the past decade. A 2009 fire in the Lame Horse disco in the Siberian city of Perm left 156 people dead, while 38 died in 2013 in a fire at a psychiatric hospital in Ramensky, a village near Moscow.