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Forty trapped after latest suspicious fire to hit Moscow

A huge blaze has broken out in a business centre in Moscow with up to 40 people feared trapped.

At least two people have been hurt, Russia’s emergency ministry announced on Friday morning.

People climbed to the roof of the ten-floor Grand Setun Plaza in Kuntsevo district, around nine miles west of the Kremlin, to escape the inferno.

Almost 200 firefighters desperately battled to save the lives of people trapped inside the award-winning glass and concrete structure.

Around 125 people have been rescued from the burning building, authorities said.

Vladimir Putin’s newly appointed emergencies minister, Major-General Alexander Kurenkov, went to oversee the rescue efforts.

Kurenkov, the Russian President’s former bodyguard, said: ‘The search for people continues.’

A Ка-32 helicopter is among three aircraft deployed to the scene of the blaze – the cause of which is not yet clear.

However, it is thought to be the latest in an unusual spate of fires, believed to be arson and possibly linked to the war with Ukraine.

FIre inferno at Grand Setun Plaza business centre in Moscow, Russia
The inferno at the Grand Setun Plaza business centre in Moscow (Picture: social media/e2w)
Firefighters extinguish a fire at Grand Setun Plaza business centre in Moscow, Russia June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Almost 200 firefighters were deployed to rescue people feared trapped inside (Picture: REUTERS)
A helicopter operates a water bucket to extinguish a fire at Grand Setun Plaza business centre in Moscow, Russia June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A helicopter carrying water as part of desperate attempts to extinguish the blaze (Picture: REUTERS)

Large plumes of dark smoke can be seen pouring out of the building in footage shared on Twitter account Russia on fire – which documents daily blazes across the country.

Russian news reports have pointed to a short circuit as the likely reason for the blaze

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