A fire broke out at a warehouse in Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg. The roof of the warehouse with an area of 9,000 square meters has collapsed due to the fire. This was reported by the Russian news agency Tass, citing Igor Titenok, deputy head of the city’s emergency department.
On Wednesday, Igor Titenok said, the fire caused a roof collapse with an area of about 9,000 square meters. The firefighting efforts went into critical phase as the nearest sources of water were located at a distance of 1 to 1.5 km from the spot. Therefore, the fire spread rapidly in the beginning.
Titanek confirmed that no casualties were reported in the incident. He said that fire fighters were late in reaching the spot. The fire has already engulfed an area of 1,000 square meters.
The fire broke out on Tuesday and was initially said to have consumed 1,000 square meters of the 24,000 square-meter warehouse. Later the area of the fire increased to 6 thousand square meters and then doubled in size consuming an area of about 12 thousand square meters. A fire-fighting train was used to douse the fire.
A total of 160 firefighters and 45 special equipment were involved in the incident, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported on Wednesday. Emergency sources had earlier said that a part of the outer wall of the building had collapsed.