A mother and daughter who asked for help on Twitter during a fire in a nine-story building in Yekaterinburg died. This was announced to reporters by the head of the press service of the regional Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Valery Gorelykh on Tuesday, January 12.
“At 5.25 (3.25 Moscow time), ambulance brigade No. 63 transmitted information that a girl whose approximate age was six years old had died on admission to the hospital,” RIA Novosti quoted Gorelykh as saying.
He added that, according to representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a girl born in 2013 was the child who died. Her mother, Natalya, born in 1982, also died.
During the fire, Natalya called for help through the microblogging service Twitter. “Help. We are on fire. Call the firemen. Call the firemen of the EKB (Yekaterinburg. – Ed.), [улица] Rassvetnaya, 7. The top floor can’t go down. I’m locked up with the child. The apartment below is on fire, we suffocate. Ninth floor, we are dying, ”the woman wrote. She has attached to the publication some smoke-blurred photos showing her and her baby.
According to Gorelykh, detectives of the criminal investigation department have identified another deceased woman named Laura born in 1976.
Earlier it was reported about eight deaths, including one child. He died during resuscitation. Another minor, about 16 years old, was hospitalized in a moderate condition.
A reinforced investigative-operational group of the territorial OVD works at the scene. The identities of other victims and victims are being established, various versions of what happened are being worked out, including careless handling of fire, electrical wiring closure, electrical equipment malfunction, and others.
The fire in a house on Rassvetnaya Street occurred at 2.50 Moscow time in an apartment on the second floor of a nine-story residential building. The fire covered an area of 30 square meters. m.
At the time of the arrival of the firefighters, an apartment on the second floor was on fire, there was dense smoke in the entrance. Rescuers evacuated 90 people, including nine children.
The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on causing death by negligence to two or more persons under Part 3 of Art. 109 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.