On Thursday, one person was killed, and others were injured, in a huge fire that occurred in a commercial center area, on the outskirts of the Russian capital, Moscow.
And the Moscow Region Emergency Department stated, in press statements, that “one person was killed in a large fire that broke out in a store in the Mega Khimki shopping center, on the outskirts of Moscow,” according to the “Russia Today” channel.
According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the fire occurred on an area of 18,000 square meters, and 70 people and 20 fire engines are involved in the extinguishing process.
The fire consumed the “OBI” center dedicated to selling building materials, located next to the Mega commercial area, which is affiliated with the Swedish company “Ikea”, which left Russia against the backdrop of Western sanctions related to the Russian war in Ukraine, according to the same source.
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The Russian authorities indicated that the roof of the “OBI” store collapsed, adding that the explosions were shaking the construction section of the store, where paint and spray cans are stored.
It is noteworthy that Russian media reports quoted political analysts as saying that the fire might be a “terrorist or sabotage act.”