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Russia - 37 dead in fire; 60 missing


On March 25th, a fire broke out in a mall in Siberia, Russia. 37 are confirmed dead, and the fire department is currently searching for a further 60 missing people.

A fire occurred in a shopping mall in central Kemerovo, Russia, at approximately 4:00 p.m. on the 25th (6:00 p.m. Japanese time).

According to the local fire department, 37 deaths (including children) have been confirmed so far, and 43 people are currently receiving treatment at a hospital. The fire department is searching for an additional 64 missing.

The fire broke out on the 4th floor of the building, and has burned approximately 1500 square meters so far. However, the flames appear to be weakening at this time.

Local news reports state that the mall in question was opened in 2013, and has a total floor area of about 23,000 square meters. The fourth floor, where the fire occurred, contained a movie theater and other attractions aimed at children.

Kemerovo is in southwest Siberia, about 3500 kilometers from the capital Moscow. It is situated almost exactly in the center of Russia.

The surrounding area is known for coal mining, iron and steel, and the production of heavy machinery; it is a critical part of Siberia's chemical industry.

Japanese manufacturers are also involved in the development of the area's resources.

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