At least 13 people caught fire
“According to preliminary information, 13 people caught fire,” local governor Sergei Sitnikov said. Russian news agencies reported that 250 people had been evacuated from the building after a fire broke out overnight in the town about 300 kilometers northeast of Moscow.
— Novaya Gazeta Europe (@novayagazeta_en) November 5, 2022
The Polygon Café was on fire
Sitnikov said there was a fire in a cafe called Polygon. After receiving information about the fire, the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. At least five others were injured but did not need to be taken to hospital, he said.
The local rescue services said that they received a report about the fire at around 02:00 and the fire had spread to 3,500 square meters. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the fire started when someone fired a gun during an argument. The case is currently under investigation. At the same time, they are looking for the person who used the torch.
Ikhtiyar Mirzoev, owner of the Polygon cafe that burned down #Kostromasaid it would provide “all necessary assistance to the families and friends of the victims”.
According to preliminary information, only three of the cafe’s seven fire exits worked. pic.twitter.com/ZOlTeQmwPG
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) November 5, 2022
A similar incident happened in Russia in 2009. More than 150 people died in a fire in the Lem Horse nightclub in the city of Perm.