Blaze guts 64 people in mall, Putin calls it ‘criminal negligence’

deadly fire swept through the upper floors of Winter Cherry shopping centre

As fire gutted a mall leading to death of 64 people in Siberian city of Kemerovo, the Russian President Vladimir Putin termed it a criminal negligence.

Putin, recently reelected as President of Russian once again, himself travelled to the spot.

He said that while people came with their families, mostly to relax, they suffered loss of lives.

It need be recalled that the deadly fire swept through the upper floors of Winter Cherry shopping centre in Kemerovo, where a cinema complex and children’s play area were located.

The blaze took place on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the investigators have zeroed in on the mall’s owner as well as a security guard who is said to have turned off the public address system after learning of the blaze.

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