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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Building Gutted by Fire

A 10-story apartment building has been gutted by fire in the biggest blaze of the year in Moscow, an official for a fire department said Monday.


Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Efimchenko said 217 firefighters and 46 tankers fought the fire Saturday night and Sunday morning at 16 Leninsky Prospekt for 10 hours before dousing it.


He said the firefighters evacuated 35 tenants from the house and nine were slightly injured. People were accommodated in a school and in city hostels.


Although no one died, the fire was the city's biggest this year, he said.


Efimchenko said the fire started on the third floor and spread to the 10th floor. Eight apartments were gutted.


He said the severe cold -- with temperatures as low as minus 25 Celsius -- caused firefighters serious problems.


"Each 15 minutes water thickened in fire hoses and we had to change them all the time," he said.


Vera Belova, who lived with other five members of her family on the fourth floor, said the fire started when a television in a third-floor apartment blew up. "We tried to put out the fire ourselves but then called firefighters," she said.