One dead and five injured after fire at office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia


One person was killed and five injured after a fire ripped through an office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Monday afternoon (April 12).

Flames and thick smoke were seen coming from the Aleksandro-Nevskaya Manufaktura building in the city’s business district at around 3pm local time.

Emergency services raced to the scene and helicopters were mobilised to drop water onto the flames. The fire was brought under control by 10pm in the evening.

Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that three firefighters were injured and one body was found in the charred remains.

They said: ‘The identity of the deceased is being established. Five people were injured and one died.’

Officials said that the fire spread across 10,000 square metres before it was stopped. The cause of the blaze is now being investigated and the cost of damages being assessed.