Update on firefighting operation in mall in Kemerovo

26 March 08:00

Update on firefighting operation in mall in Kemerovo

A fire on a square of 1,600 square meters has broken out on the 4th floor of a 5-floor mall, located at 35 Lenina Street, the town of Kemerovo. Roofing, ceiling between fourth and third floors on a total square of 1,500 meters collapsed due to fire.

Fire and rescue divisions and other emergency services were immediately dispatched to the site.

A fire on 1,600 square meters of area has been taken under control on 07:12 PM. Open flames have been put out on 11:07 PM, 25 March 2017.

There are injured. More than 100 people were evacuated from the building, 20 people were rescued by using special firefighting equipment. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft is on standby for medevac.

Meetings of the Governmental Disaster Management Commissions were headed by the Russian Emergencies Minister to declare the state of emergency on the federal level and federal level of response. Disaster Management Center and task groups of the Kemerovo Region Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry are working in cooperation with local governments and other emergency services, firefighting center has been deployed. Decisions were taken and tasks were set to the SSDMS forces to carry out search and rescue operations, provision of comprehensive aid to the affected people, as well as their relatives.

2 Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 planes delivered a task group of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, rescuers from the Tsentrospas Team and the Siberian Regional Search and Rescue Center with specialized equipment, certified under INSARAG standards. Airmobile teams of the Novosibirsk and Tomsk Regions Directorates have arrived on site on vehicles. UAVs are used to recon the area and structural soundness of the building.

Psychological and medical aid are being provided in temporary shelters for the relatives of the injured and hospitals of Kemerovo. A telephone Hotline has been deployed, where psychologists provide aid to people. The Hotline received 270 calls over the past 24 hours.

Labs monitor the level of contaminants in the air in the mall’s vicinity. No excess of pollutants was found in the residential areas.

Fire is being watered, rubble of collapsed structures is being cleared out. All operations are carried out in extreme heat and almost no visibility and will be continued round the clock.

More than 670 people and more than 130 units of equipment, including more than 550 people and 92 units of equipment with 2 aircraft among them, provided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, are involved into search and rescue operations and firefighting operation.