Several dead in restaurant fire in Russian city of Kostroma
At least 13 people have been killed in a fire after a flare was set off during a clash.
At least 13 people have been killed after a fire broke out at a restaurant and bar located in a warehouse in the Russian city of Kostroma. The incident happened when someone apparently used a flare during an argument.
“According to preliminary information, 13 people were victims of the fire,” local governor Sergei Sitnikov said on the Telegram app on Saturday.
Sitnikov said the fire at the restaurant, called Poligon, was put out around 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT).
At least five other people were injured, he said, but they did not need to be hospitalized.
Local emergency services said they received information about the fire around 2 a.m. and that the fire had spread over 3,500 square meters.
Russian news agencies reported that 250 people were evacuated from the building when it caught fire overnight in the city about 300 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of Moscow.
Not a first
On its website, Poligon describes itself as a typical Russian “stolovaya”, a casual restaurant that serves traditional cuisine and is popular with working people.
He says he is housed in a “distribution center” and is popular with traffic police.
State television showed footage of dozens of rescuers battling a massive fire that engulfed the one-story building. The “Poligon” sign was visible amid the flames raging on its roof.
A firefighter told regional state television that it took 50 people to put out the blaze and they used 20 fire engines.
He said the fire was particularly difficult to put out due to the risk of the building collapsing.
It was not the first time that pyrotechnics caused a deadly fire in a Russian recreation area.
In 2009, more than 150 people were killed in a fire at the Lame Horse nightclub in the city of Perm that broke out after someone set off fireworks.