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Russian police arrest a man who caused fire at a bar killing 15 people

Russian police arrest a suspect who ’caused huge fire at a bar which killed at least 15 people’

  • Police have detained a man suspected of starting the fire at the bar in Kostroma 
  • Fire started when a drunk man fired a ‘flare gun’ on the dance floor, reports said 
  • At least 15 people were killed, and others injured in the incident at ‘Poligon’ bar

Russian police have detained a man suspected of starting a fire at a bar that killed at least 15 people after he reportedly fired a ‘flare gun’ on the dance floor.

The man was detained after the fire broke out at the ‘Poligon’ bar in Kostroma in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said at least 15 people were killed, and others injured. 

Fire fighters fought through the early hours to put out the blaze at the bar around 300 kilometres (180 miles) northeast of Moscow.

Russian agencies reported that the fire could have started after a drunk man fired a ‘flare gun’ on the dance floor.

Russian firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the bar in Kostroma, Russia November 5, 2022

Russia emergency officials said the fire killed 15 people at the ‘Poligon’ bar in Kostroma

Authorities said the fire started at around 2.00 am local time and was put out around 7.30 am

‘Police officers identified and detained the suspect (behind) unlawful acts in an entertainment establishment in the city of Kostroma, which resulted in a fire and the death of people,’ Russian police said in a statement.

‘He has now been handed over to investigative authorities,’ it added, without providing any further details.

Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case of ‘causing death by negligence’.

Housed in a single-story logistical centre, the bar erupted in flames in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Authorities said the fire started at around 2.00 am local time and was put out at around 7.30 am.

The governor of the Kostroma region, Sergei Sitnikov, earlier said 13 people were killed, but emergency services then said the remains of two other people were found.

‘Two more bodies were recovered. This means the number of victims is now 15,’ the Russian TASS news agency quoted law enforcement sources as saying.

Around 250 people were evacuated from the building when it caught fire in the city around 300 kilometres (180 miles) northeast of Moscow.

The TASS news agency, citing sources in emergency services, said a drunk man with a ‘flare gun’ was likely to have caused the fire.

The fire erupted after a drunk man fired a ‘flare gun’ on the dance floor, initial reports said

Housed in a single-story logistical centre, the bar erupted in flames in the early hours of Saturday morning

Local emergency services said the blaze had spread out over 3,500 square meters

‘He was spending time in the bar with a woman, ordered her flowers, with a flare gun in his hands,’ the source told the agency.

‘Then he went to the dance floor and fired it.’

Local emergency services said the blaze had spread out over 3,500 square meters.

On its website, Poligon says it acts as an evening and night-time ‘place for recreation and entertainment’.

By day, it is a typical Russian ‘stolovaya’ – a casual restaurant serving traditional food.

It says it is housed in a ‘distribution centre’ and is popular with traffic police.

State television showed images of dozens of emergency workers fighting a huge fire that had engulfed the single-storey building.

By day, it is a typical Russian ‘stolovaya’ – a casual restaurant serving traditional food

Around 250 people were evacuated from the building when it caught fire

One fire fighter told regional state television that it took 50 people to extinguish the fire and that they had used 20 fire engines

The sign ‘Poligon’ was visible amid the flames raging on its roof

The sign ‘Poligon’ was visible amid the flames raging on its roof.

One fire fighter told regional state television that it took 50 people to extinguish the fire and that they had used 20 fire engines.

He said the fire was especially difficult to put out because of the risk of the building collapsing.

Kostroma, a city on the Volga river of around 230,000 people, is one of Russia’s oldest cities and is famous for its medieval architecture and monasteries.

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