Emergency services suspect ‘arson’ in massive Moscow fire: Reports

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Russian firefighters on Friday battled a massive blaze the size of a football pitch which broke out overnight in a shopping center in a Moscow suburb, emergency services said.

“In the Moscow region, firefighters are putting out a fire the size of 7,000 square meters (75,300 square feet),” Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Telegram.

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The fire broke out at the Mega Khimki shopping center in Moscow’s northern suburb of Khimki.

Russian news agencies quoted sources in emergency services saying “arson” was suspected as a possible cause of the blaze.

“Deliberate acts, as in arson, is being considered,” the Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying.

Videos on social media showed a huge fire, with people fleeing the burning building into a parking lot.

Mega Khimki, a large shopping and entertainment center, is about seven kilometers from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The fire is ongoing as of 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT).

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