MOSCOW (AP) - A huge fire gutted a 19th-century building off Red
Square shortly after polls closed in Russia's presidential election
Sunday, but Moscow's mayor said arson was not suspected. Two
firefighters were killed.
The fire broke out just after 9 p.m. local time while the
building known as the Manezh was unoccupied.
Two firefighters were killed and one injured from inhaling
poisonous fumes while combatting the blaze, said Viktor Beltsov, a
spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. The two
firefighters had been in the building's attic when it collapsed,
the ITAR-Tass news agency reported, citing city fire department
spokesman Yevgeny Bobylev.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fire, which broke
out in the wooden rafters and beams of the roof, Moscow Mayor Yuri
Luzhkov said. He said the ventilation system may have been at
ITAR-Tass and the Interfax news agency cited unidentified
sources in the Emergency Situations Ministry as saying the cause
was probably a short circuit, and Interfax reported that workers
had been doing welding on the roof earlier Sunday.
Moscow prosecutors opened a criminal case on the basis of a
violation of fire safety rules, Interfax said.
Within an hour after the fire broke out, about half of the
48,000-square-foot structure was in flames and about 3,200 square
feet of the roof had collapsed, Luzhkov said. The roof later caved
Wind carried sparks across the wide avenue running alongside the
Manezh, and the high temperatures caused windows in a building
housing the journalism faculty of Moscow State University to
shatter, ITAR-Tass reported. Luzhkov said none of the adjacent
buildings were in danger.
The low, colonnaded Manezh, an equestrian school for military
officers that was opened in 1817, is just outside the Kremlin's
western wall. It was used for frequent exhibitions and trade fairs
and is considered one of Moscow's most precious historic monuments.
The structure is next to a vast underground shopping mall, the
Okhotny Ryad, where a bomb explosion in August 1999 killed one
person and injured dozens.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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03-15-2004, 09:08 AM #1
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03-15-2004, 10:52 AM #2
I saw this on the news last evening.
My prayers and condolenances to their familis and members of the department.
It is always sad when we loose a brother or sister, no matter what department or country they are with. It is still a family lost.
Stay Safe & Well out there.....
03-15-2004, 01:50 PM #3
Rest in peace, Tovariches...."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
03-15-2004, 02:11 PM #4
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More building collapse LODD's
Rest in Peace Brothers.
Lets all be safe out there today and in the future.
03-15-2004, 02:42 PM #5
Do svidanya, moyee drughi.
Rest in peace now, your job is finished, and well done."Let's roll." - Todd Beamer, one of a group of American soldiers who handed the terrorists their first defeat.
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03-15-2004, 04:41 PM #6
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Rest in peace, Brothers.Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
Structures Specialist, MD-TF 1
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I.A.C.O.J. Building crust and proud of it
03-15-2004, 05:13 PM #7
Where ever the city, state, or country, we're all family related by a dangerous common bond, the fire service. They were doing the same as we do.
03-15-2004, 09:37 PM #8
Our deepest sympathies. God bless our fallen comrades.09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
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