13 killed in Russian nightclub fire



At least 13 people died in an overnight fire at a nightclub in the Russian city of Kostroma, officials said on Saturday.

Kostroma is a city of around 270,000 people, 300 km (190 miles) north-east of Moscow on the banks of the river Volga.

The fire took place at Polygon, a multi-purpose recreation venue used as a cafe, nightclub and bar.

“As a result of the fire, 13 people died; the number of dead and injured is being clarified,” the judicial Investigating Committee said in a statement.

The fire was extinguished as of 7:29 am (0429 GMT), according to the regional governor, who put the number of injured at five.

Video shared by investigators showed firefight-ers spraying water on what appeared to be the smouldering, collapsed roof of the building.

TASS news agency cited investigators as saying the fire may have started after a man fired a flare gun indoors.

Investigators said they had launched criminal proceedings.—Reuters


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