A major fire has broken out in the north-west of St Petersburg in Russia just days after the city was rocked by an explosion that killed a pro-Kremline Ukraine war blogger.
News site VK reported the large blaze gripped an industrial complex packed with “cylinders” today (Tuesday). It’s not known what is made in the area but there have been previous explosions and fires on Russian soil connected to manufacturing for the war with Ukraine.
The regional Ministry of Emergency Situations said the fire started around midday when fire authorities were alerted.
A statement released said: “There is a burning in the warehouse building measuring 50m across the entire area.”
So far no casualties have been reported, the department said. However, a large plume of smoke could be seen in photographs billowing across the city.
On Sunday evening Vladlen Tatarsky a vocal supporter of Russia’s war in Ukraine, died in an explosion at a St Petersburg cafe. More than 30 people were wounded in the bombing in Russia’s second city.
Russian security services released a video of a woman named Darya Trepova, 26, being interogated over the incident.
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