Massive blaze engulfs warehouse in Moscow (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
A huge fire has erupted at a warehouse in northern Moscow which reportedly stores paints and furniture. Dozens of firefighters are battling the level 3-alarm fire that has so far engulfed some 15,000 square meters, according to the emergencies ministry.
First reports of the fire emerged shortly after 23:00pm local time and the blaze quickly spread from the initial 800 to some 15,000 square meters.
"The warehouse is burning. Consumer goods are stored there. Some 133 emergency personnel alongside 52 hardware machinery are now battling flames. The information about the fire was received at 23:04 pm," a spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry told RT.
Several helicopters have also been deployed to tackle the blaze.
According to other information, the roof of the structure has collapsed. So far, there are no reports of casualties.
Authorities have advised the public to avoid the area and seek detours. The emergencies ministry is monitoring air pollution in the area but has so far recorded no hazardous levels.
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The warehouse stored either paints, coatings or furniture, initial reports suggest.