MOSCOW: Eight firefighters have died in a major fire in the east of Moscow, a spokesman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry told on Friday.Emergency workers have recovered the bodies of the missing firefighters while searching through the charred remains of the building.A police source told TASS that during the rescue operation the roof collapsed. The firefighters have presumably died beneath the rubble.Emergencies Ministry spokesperson Oksana Zolotova confirmed that five firefighters have gone missing.
As many as 46 special equipment units and more than 160 firefighters and other personnel have been sent to the scene of the fire, Zolotova added.
The warehouse on fire belongs to the Viktoriya factory. It was used to store artificial flowers, its owner said. The walls inside the building were not fireproof, however, which could be a reason for the rapid spread of the fire.
The warehouse is located in an industrial area in northeast Moscow.