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Fire engulfs Moscow business centre, people feared trapped

MOSCOW (AP) – At least two people have been rushed to hospital after a massive fire engulfed a business centre in western Moscow Friday amid fears that several people could still be trapped inside.

Russian emergency officials engaged 180 firefighters, dozens of vehicles and three helicopters to combat the fire.

They said 125 people were rescued from the building, and crews searched for anyone else who might still be inside.

Russia’s newly appointed Emergencies Minister Alexander Kurenkov went to the site to oversee the firefighting efforts.

Authorities didn’t name a possible cause of the fire. Russian news reports pointed to a short circuit as likely having ignited the blaze.

Russian firefighters work at the scene of a fire that broke out at a business centre in Moscow. PHOTO: AP