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Iconic newspaper building goes up in flames in Moscow (VIDEOS)

The cause of the blaze, which has covered around 1,500 square meters, is still unknown

A major fire broke out at the Izvestia Hall building on Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow around 5 am on Thursday, according to media reports. The cause of the blaze, which has covered around 1,500 square meters, is still unknown.

Several fire brigades have been deployed to the scene. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but at least one person has reportedly gone missing – his colleagues are unable to contact him at the moment and fear he could be inside of the building.

The fire started in the inner yard of the building and quickly spread, with the nearby Residence bar and Lookin Rooms nightclub completely destroyed by the conflagration, according to local media. The blaze has not been contained, as flames continue to rip through the building.

Due to the fire, three out of four lanes along Tverskaya Street towards the Garden Ring and 1 lane out of 4 along Bolshoy Putinkovsky Lane are blocked to traffic.

Some 70 potentially dangerous gas cylinders might be stored inside of the building and may explode if exposed to fire, sources say.

February 15, 2024 at 09:34AM
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