At a meeting, Vladimir Puchkov noted prompt actions of fire and rescue divisions and other emergency services of Moscow Region and the city of Moscow who put out the fire at Sindika shopping center.
“I would like to note active efforts of all emergency services that responded quickly to the fire. More than 3,000 people – customers and the staff – were evacuated from the building and the entire terrain and aircraft teams were involved on time,” the Minister said.
He demanded that all necessary measures should be taken immediately if the situation gets worse and that the population should be informed on the steps being taken and on the condition of air in the capital city and the region.
The Minister was reported that nobody died in the fire thanks to warning systems and efficient evacuation.
Fire alarms and warning systems were set off immediately after smoke appeared. The people were asked to leave the building at once and were promptly evacuated. This helped to avoid panic and most tragic consequences considering that combustion gas omitted by burning construction materials is very dangerous for people.
All floors of the shopping center, including the underground parking lot with customers’ cars were blocked and people were directed to fire escapes. By that time the parking lot was in thick smoke and the fire was starting in there. People might have inhale smoke and cars might have exploded, so the decision to block the parking lot was the right one. No vehicle is as precious as a human life.