Huge Fire Devastates Factory Near Moscow, 3 Dead


Moscow: At least three people have died and two firefighters are reportedly missing at a burning furniture factory in a Moscow suburb. The blaze, which spread over 3,700 square meters and led to a massive roof collapse, is being battled by some 120 firefighters.

The blaze started at a furniture factory in Fryazino in Moscow region on Thursday. The big one-story building is owned by an Italian furniture factory called Moder, TASS reported.

At least one factory worker was evacuated from the already burning and smoke-filled building, and two firefighters have been hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. However, two more rescuers are reported to have gone missing while trying to save more people.

An enormous 1,800-square-meter section of the factory’s roof collapsed in the rapidly spreading fire. Dramatic media reports said the rescuers had managed to carry some gas cylinders out of the building in time to prevent a blast.