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56 Confirmed Dead in Major Fire at Siberia Mall

© Sputnik / Maxim Kiselev / Go to the mediabankMassive fire in a trade center in Russia's Kemerovo
Massive fire in a trade center in Russia's Kemerovo - Sputnik International
The Russian Investigative Committee has confirmed the death of 56 in a fire that erupted the day before in a shopping mall in Russia's city of Kemerovo.

"During the investigation of a criminal case concerning a fire at a shopping center in Kemerovo, the death of 56 has been confirmed," the Investigative Committee stated.

At the same time, crisis management spokespersons reported earlier on Monday that over 40 children had been missing in the disaster.

In turn, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Monday that 11 people injured in the fire are currently staying in a hospital, adding that over 40 people had initially applied for medical help.

"As of now, there are 11 people in hospitals. The patient in the most severe condition is a 11-year-old child who jumped out a fourth floor [window] during the fire and got a heavy injury… His condition is severe, but with positive dynamics," Skvortsova told reporters.

According to All-Russian Insurance Association, the damage from the Zimnyaya Vishnya fire is estimated at $52.6 million.

The fire broke out in the 'Winter Cherry' shopping mall in the Russian city of Kemerovo on Sunday. Though there is no official information on the cause of the fire, there are reports that it could have been caused by a child, who was misusing a lighter or malfunctioning electrical wires.

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Meanwhile, spokesperson of Russian Investigative Committee reported that three people including the head of the managing company, which has been servicing the trade center, were in custody amid investigation into the tragedy.

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