Fire Kills 16 At Russian Explosives Factory
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Fri 22nd October 2021 | 05:41 PM
Sixteen people were killed and one person was missing after a deadly fire broke out at a Russian explosives factory southeast of Moscow on Friday, local authorities said
Moscow, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Oct, 2021 ) :Sixteen people were killed and one person was missing after a deadly fire broke out at a Russian explosives factory southeast of Moscow on Friday, local authorities said.
"The fate of one more person is unknown," the local government said on its website, adding that rescuers are "looking for him".
Seventeen people were believed to have been inside the plant's workshop at the time of the fire.
Images released by authorities showed firefighters working their way through the debris at the severely damaged factory building.
Detectives were dispatched to the village to probe if the factory had complied with "industrial safety" standards, said the Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes in Russia.
The blaze is the latest in a string of deadly accidental fires in Russia, where non-compliance with safety standards -- that are already lax -- is common.
- Psychologists working with families - The acting head of the emergencies ministry, Alexander Chupriyan, arrived at the site by helicopter.
He took charge of the ministry after its chief Yevgeny Zinichev died falling off a cliff during Arctic exercises last month.
Firefighters first received a report that a fire had broken out at the plant at 08:22 am local time, the emergencies ministry said.
Around 100 rescuers were working in the area, it added.
The fire, which covered an area of 160 square metres, had been put out and did not pose a danger to locals.
The Ryazan government said it had brought in psychologists to "work with the families of the victims." The governor of the Ryazan region, Nikolai Lyubimov, said that authorities would provide "all necessary help and support" to the families.
According to its website, the factory belongs to state conglomerate Rostec, which brings together a range of companies supplying industrial or high-tech products to civilian and military sectors.
Accidental fires are common in Russia, where hundreds of blazes are recorded each year due to lax safety standard compliance as well as ageing and dilapidated infrastructure.
Investigators said that blaze resulted from "flagrant violations" of safety norms including locked emergency exits and non-functioning alarm systems, prompting President Vladimir Putin to demand answers.
Authorities in the aftermath found that hundreds of commercial and cultural sites across the country fall below fire safety standards.
Government critics say graft is at the heart of safety rules being violated more broadly as building permits are given by officials in exchange for bribes.