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Major fire tears through factory in latest mysterious blaze to hit Russia

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Large flames and smoke were seen rising into the air over St Petersburg, in Russia.

A video shared on Twitter appears to show a fire at the plant of the agricultural machinery manufacturer ‘Belarus MTZ’.

Local sources say two people have died in an explosion at the site earlier today.

This comes after a number of fires across Russia over the last month, which have been attributed to anti-war rebels or Ukrainian drones.

Similar infernos have broken out at a Russian oil plant in Eastern Siberia, a factory in Barnaul, and a shopping center in Moscow.

The cause of the St Petersburg fire is yet unknown, and Metro.co.uk has not been able to confirm the reports.

A St Petersburg-based news website, Mash Moyka, wrote on its Telegram channel: On the Pulkovskoye Highway, there is a large fire and a column of contrasting smoke in the light sky.

‘More than 400 square meters are burning in the production facility of the Belarus MTZ company.

‘Previously, people were inside the building at the time of the fire, and one person died.

‘The fire has been eliminated by seven fire teams and 32 personnel.

‘The body of the second deceased has been found.’

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