Moscow City: Seven firefighters have gone missing while putting out a fire at a warehouse in eastern Moscow, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.
Contact cannot be established with seven firefighters who were combating the fire. “We are trying to understand what happened to them,” the ministry told TASS.
A police source told TASS the preliminary data indicated that the firefighters were dead.
“Their bodies haven’t been located yet. The building is on fire, there is heavy and suffocating smoke from burning plastic materials,” the source added.
The source also said that during the rescue operation the roof collapsed. The firefighters could be under it, the source said. Emergencies Ministry spokesperson Oksana Zolotova confirmed to RT that five firefighters have gone missing. No further information about them is currently available.
As many as 46 special equipment units and more than 160 firefighters and other personnel have been sent to the scene of the fire, Zolotova added.
The warehouse on fire belongs to the Viktoriya factory. It was used to store artificial flowers, its owner said. The walls inside the building were not fireproof, however, which could be a reason for the rapid spread of the fire.
The warehouse is located in an industrial area in northeast Moscow.