Russia: Investigative Committee launches investigation into deadly Kemerovo fire

Russian Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko gave an update on the criminal investigation into the deadly blaze that tore through the Winter Cherry shopping centre, speaking from Moscow, Monday. According to Petrenko, «the case is initiated under articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation providing the responsibility for causing death through negligence, violation... Еще of fire safety requirements, and providing services that do not meet security measures.» «Four suspects have already been detained and questioned, including the head of the company serving the shopping centre, as well as the tenant of the premises in which the alleged epicenter of the fire was located,» she added. According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), the death toll has risen to 64. Emergency crews continue their rescue missions, with more people feared trapped beneath the rubble. The Investigative Committee is considering three causes of the incident, including a malfunction of the electric wiring, an arson attack or a spontaneous ignition in the children's area, with some reports claiming that a child may have got hold of a lighter and set foam rubber balls on fire.

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