Large Fire Tears Through Warehouse Near Moscow

A fire tore through a large warehouse west of Moscow on Wednesday, August 3, prompting the evacuation of more than a thousand people, according to Russian officials.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations said more than 150 personnel and three helicopters were dispatched to the warehouse, which was owned by the OZON e-commerce company. The fire was affected 50,000 square meters (538,195 sq. ft) of the building, they said.

Eleven people were injured, of which two were taken to hospital, according to Zvezda News, a media channel operated by Russia’s defense ministry.

Video from Zvezda shows thick smoke pouring from the building as firefighters battle the blaze.

The ministry did not say what caused the fire. Credit: Zvezda News via Storyful

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