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UPDATE: 64 people including children die as fire razes shopping mall in Russia

The number of people killed in a devastating fire that razed a shopping mall in Siberia has risen to at least 64, Russian emergency services have said.

The fire engulfed the upper floors of the Winter Cherry Mall in the city of Kemerovo on Sunday.

Dozens of children are among the dead with Russia’s emergencies ministry saying that 40 children were missing and at least nine had been killed.

Russian police said another 44 people had been injured, with 10 hospitalized.

Firefighters were still searching the gutted fourth floor of the mall for bodies on Monday. The fourth floor contained a cinema and an amusements area where many of the children were when the fire broke out. The blaze was so intense that firefighters struggled to reach it. On Monday, part of the smouldering building briefly caught fire again before it was extinguished.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said it had opened a criminal investigation around the fire due to possible safety violations. Four people, inckuding the directir if the comoany that owns the mall,  have been detained for questioning.

The cause of the fire has yet to be established.

 

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