Moscow elite residential building on fire: 4 people dead

 Moscow elite residential building on fire: 4 people dead

Four people died as a result of the fire on Nikitsky Boulevard in the center of Moscow, a source in emergency services said.

"Four people died in the fire on Nikitsky Boulevard," TASS cited the source as saying.

The fire in house 12 on Nikitsky Boulevard broke out at about 1:00 pm (Moscow time), the center of ignition was in an apartment on the fifth floor. The fire covered the area of 2,000 square meters. The fire-fighting operation was complicated by the fact that the building has hardwood floors and many apartments had undergone redevelopment.

The fire-fighting operation involved 80 people, 25 pieces of equipment and five lifting mechanisms. 42 people were evacuated from the house, including eight children.

House 12 on Nikitsky Boulevard was built in 1912 and belongs to the objects of cultural heritage. According to residents, some apartments in the house belong to actress Ingeborga Dapkunayte, artist Nikas Safronov, opera singer Lyubov Kazarnovskaya.

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