Russia: 'I screamed so hard' — Injured girl recounts Irkutsk mall blast

Journalist (Russian): «You mean, they were leaving [the shopping centre]?» Lubov, Mother of injured child (Russian): «Yes, the women who had sold us tickets and accompanied the children, two of them whom I saw with my own eyes picked up their bags and jackets and ran away.» Journalist (Russian): «You were sitting closely, weren't you?» Dasha, Injured girl (Russian): «Yeah, we were sitting... Еще closely.» Journalist (Russian): «In rows? Children were sitting in rows.» Dasha, Injured girl (Russian): «At such a distance. We were sitting just in the middle. As the fire erupted, everybody appeared to be on fire and were fleeing the building.» Dasha, Injured girl (Russian): «Yeah, I screamed so hard. It had such a pain in my arm.» A girl injured in the Irkutsk shopping mall explosion and her mother talked about the ordeal the children went through earlier in the day, speaking from at a local hospital on Friday. «I got a phone call, and I was told that my child is on fire,» said Lubov, whose daughter Dasha was injured in the blast. The girl said that the explosion occurred in the middle of an experiment where the instructors attempted to make a «fire out of water and salt.» «We were sitting just in the middle. As the fire erupted, everybody appeared to be on fire and were fleeing the building,» recalled the injured girl. The mother confirmed that the fire had erupted «specifically during the scientific holiday show.» At least eight children were injured in the explosion at the Komsomall shopping centre. All the children were immediately transported to a hospital where they are receiving treatment. Investigators detained the shopping mall's technical director as well as the guides, who were holding the presentation, for questioning.

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