Up to 100 feared to be dead, 64 confirmed deaths, as an 'inferno' strikes a mall in Russia
There is not enough money in the world that might justify the loss of a life. What happened in Russia was nothing more than a combination of carelessness and greed.
On Sunday, March 25, 2018, a very big fire broke out at the Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping center, in Kemerovo, Russia. So far, 96 bodies have been found; 64 people died and 47 were injured.
The fire is believed to have started in the playground area, where children were. All the foam caught fire when lighted candles were knocked down, as reported by the Daily Mail.
A security guard, whose identity is yet to be revealed, claimed that the candles had been lit for a celebration and that they were left unattended. For this reason, many of the victims were children.
The cinema, which was close to the playground area, was also heavily hit and several people were trapped inside because staff locked the doors after the movies started.
According to the source, this was a common practice to prevent people from sneaking into the theaters without paying, but the reckless procedure ended up costing children and adults their lives.
The shopping mall used to be a Soviet-era confectionary factory, and it was a described as a 'labyrinth' with very few windows, one main staircase, a couple of elevators and a handful of escalators.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the building's fire alarm was out of order and it was never fixed to save money. The fire exits were tightly shut and the fire extinguishing systems didn't work.
Although people, including children, knew where to go to get away from the flames, they found themselves trapped inside the shopping mall. An 11-year-old boy named Sergei Moskalenko was forced to jump out of a 40ft window and is currently in a coma.
His mother, Olesya, father, Evgeny, and younger sister, Ksenia, haven't been found yet. Sergei's grandmothers have already contacted the hospital he is staying at and promised to care for him.
Nadezhda Suddenor, the owner of the shopping mall, has been detained for questioning and several people are still reportedly missing, with some believed to have perished in the fire. Firefighters will continue to clear out the debris in hopes of finding more survivors.