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Russian official confirms 48 dead in mall fire

5 years 8 months 5 days ago Monday, March 26 2018 Mar 26, 2018 March 26, 2018 8:53 AM March 26, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Washington Post

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian official says 48 people have been confirmed dead in the fire at a shopping mall in a Siberian city.

Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladlen Aksyonov was quoted in Tass news agency on Monday as saying the additional bodies were discovered during the inspection of the scene after the fire was extinguished. The fire is believed to have begun on the top floor of the four-story Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo on Sunday.

The cause wasn't immediately known but a criminal investigation was begun. Tass quoted Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov as saying 16 people are still reported to be missing.

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