MOSCOW (AP) – A massive fire gutted a shopping mall on Moscow’s eastern outskirts yesterday, the second such blaze in four days.
The blaze at the mall in Balashikha that trades in construction items and home decoration materials first erupted at a storage area and later spread to part of the building.
The fire teams managed to localise it to an area of about 9,000 square metres and prevent it from engulfing the entire mall. Officials said the fire was caused by a short circuit that came amid heavy rain in Moscow.
The blaze follows last Friday’s fire that destroyed the huge OBI construction materials store, part of the mega shopping mall in Khimki on the Russian capital’s northwestern outskirts.
Officials said that the fire that killed one security guard was sparked by welding that apparently violated safety regulations.