At least 64 people have died in a fire which started in a shopping and entertainment complex in the Siberian city of Kemerovo. Many of the victims are children, as school holidays had just started, while ten people are still listed as “missing”. The building’s shops, cinema and bowling alley were packed at the time of the incident. Videos posted on social media showed people jumping from windows to escape the flames.
It is still unknown what started the fire, but authorities have already launched an investigation. “According to preliminary information, the roof collapsed in two cinemas,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement. Four people have been detained for questioning, including the head of the company that manages the shopping centre, according to the Investigative Committee. The owner of the Winter Cherry complex is among those being held.