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In Russia, emergency services are battling a large fire near Moscow, a suspected “criminal” act

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Russian firefighters fight a blaze “7000 m2” which started overnight from Thursday to Friday, December 9 in a shopping center in the suburbs of Moscow, the emergency services said.

“Firefighters fight a fire with an area of ​​7,000 m2 in the Moscow region”announced on Telegram the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, without confirming at first the death toll mentioned by the Russian media.

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The fire rages at the Mega Khimki shopping center, in the suburb of Khimki, north of the Russian capital, seven kilometers from Sheremetyevo international airport.

“Due to the collapse of the roof, the fire instantly spread to a wide area”said the ministry on Instagram, referring to the difficulty of firefighters working on site.

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Russian emergency services suspect that an act “criminal” is at the origin of the vast fire, reported soon after Russian news agencies, referring to sources within the emergency services.

“Deliberate acts, such as arson, are contemplated”said the Interfax agency, citing an unidentified source.

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The Sputnik agency specified that a criminal act was “one of the main explanations” considered for this fire.

State agencies then cited a violation of safety standards as the possible origin of the fire.

Videos posted on social media showed a massive fire as people fled a burning building towards a parking lot.

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