Huge fire engulfs shopping centre near Moscow

There are no immediate reports that there have been any casualties in the Mega Khimki shopping center fire.

Russian firefighters are trying out to extinguish a huge fire that has engulfed one the largest shopping centers in Moscow’s suburb, leading to the collapse part of the structure.

Authorities said that the fire spread to a large area of Mega Khimki shopping center, covering approximately 7,000 sq. metres (75,000 sq. feet). There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Emergency services were considering “arson” as a possible cause, Russian news agencies reported. “Deliberate acts, as in arson, is being considered,” Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying.

According to TASS news agency, a short-circuit might have set off the fire. This was followed by an explosion which spread the flames.

Social media videos showed a massive fire with people fleeing into a parking lot.

Mega Khimki had been home to a large number of Western retail chains before the companies’ departure from Russia in the wake of the Ukraine war, including one of the first IKEA stores in the Moscow area.

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