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Death toll in Syria mall fire rises to 11: Interior ministry

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A fire ripped through a shopping centre in the Syrian capital Damascus early Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, state media reported.

Photo shows La Mirada Mall where a fire broke out on 1 March, 2022. (SANA)
Photo shows La Mirada Mall where a fire broke out on 1 March, 2022. (SANA)

Firefighters have “extinguished a blaze that broke out at dawn today in the La Mirada Mall building,” the official SANA news agency said, citing a Damascus fire department official.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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Photo shows fire fighters at La Mirada Mall where a fire broke out on 1 March, 2022. (SANA)
Photo shows fire fighters at La Mirada Mall where a fire broke out on 1 March, 2022. (SANA)

Images published by the pro-government al-Watan newspaper showed large firetrucks outside the mall in the al-Hamra district of Damascus.

In one image, smoke billowed out of the windows of the shopping centre as flames appeared to have engulfed every floor.

AFP could not independently verify the authenticity of the images.

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