Final death toll in Russian shopping centre fire reaches 64

Mayhem at the mall shopping centre chaos with 5 dead and dozens injured in devastating Kemerovo fire

Mayhem at the mall shopping centre chaos with 5 dead and dozens injured in devastating Kemerovo fire

At least 64 people have died and others are missing after a fire ripped through a busy shopping centre in western Siberia.

She said an 18-year-old boy was also seriously injured after jumping from the top floor, while nine other people were suffering from smoke inhalation.

Evgenia said: 'School vacations have just began, nearly all their class was there - about 10 children, two or three parents and a teacher.

The Investigative Committee said it has detained four people for questioning, including the mall's tenant, but would not immediately give the cause of the fire, which started on the top floor on Sunday evening.

It is tragic that so many children are dead or missing.

It has a parking lot for 250 cars, shops, a bowling, a children's center, a cinema, and a petting zoo, according to the state news agency, Tass.

Fifteen fire crews and 60 firefighters attended the scene.

Health minister Veronika Skvortsova said an 11-year-old boy was being treated in hospital after leaping from the fourth floor.

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The mall with an overall area of 23,000 square metres was opened in 2013. Six bodies have not yet been recovered, he said.

"They took three minutes - three (expletive) minutes! - to put on their masks", Lillevyali said, also with tears in his eyes.

Four hundred people, mostly children and adolescents, were burned to ashes in an inferno in a shopping complex in August 2004 on the edge of the Paraguay capital, Asuncion.

Russian officials have already acknowledged an investigation into "serious violations", including blocked fire exits and alarms that either never worked or had been turned off.

During a televised briefing, emergency situations minister Vladimir Puchkov did not confirm how numerous dead were children.

"The shopping centre is a very complex construction", he said.

He was cited as saying he had dropped off his daughters at the cinema and that one of them had phoned later to say the auditorium was filling with smoke and that they couldn't get out because the doors were locked. Kemerovo residents said the mall was packed with children and their parents.

Russia's Investigative Committee said the roof collapsed in two theatres in the cinema in the blaze which erupted at around 4 p.m. (0900 GMT). There were reports that the building's fire alarms did not sound, leaving those in the movie theater initially unaware of the situation.

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