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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fire at FSB Contained Quickly




A fire broke out in the Federal Security Service's headquarters Thursday in the city center, injuring one officer but causing no serious material damage, an FSB spokesman said.


The spokesman ruled out any possibility of arson, saying the fire was likely caused either by a short circuit or a portable heating device.


FSB officers spotted smoke pouring out of a room on the second floor of the building at 2 Lubyanskaya Ploshchad at around 2 a.m. and alerted fire fighters 15 minutes later, an FSB spokesman said.


Nine people were evacuated through the building's windows as more than 20 fire trucks were dispatched to the scene. Of those evacuated, one was treated for smoke inhalation at the Sklifosovsky Institute.


Fire fighters managed to get the fire under control at 3:10 a.m. and fully extinguish it at 3:44 a.m., a spokesman for the Moscow fire department said.


Security was tight as usual around the former KGB headquarters. Moscow Times photographer Huub Golsteijn had his film confiscated by plainclothes officers as he tried to take a picture of the building after the fire.


The officers said permission was required to photograph the building."But you could never get permission, because you're a foreigner," they added.


A bomb exploded last April at the FSB's public reception office in a separate building, injuring three people and shattering dozens of windows.


Soon after the blast, the service announced that it has already "determined a circle of suspects," but no arrests have been reported so far.


A fire swept through the regional police headquarters in Samara last February, killing about 70 people.