Nightclub fire in Russia: at least 13 dead in the city of Kostroma


At least 13 people were killed in a fire at a nightclub in the Russian town of Kostroma on Saturday that officials say may have been started by a clubber setting off fireworks.

Police have already identified and arrested the suspect, according to the Interior Ministry website.

“As a result of the fire, 13 people died; the number of dead and injured is being clarified,” according to a statement from the Russian investigative commission.

“As a result of complex operational search measures, police officers identified and detained a suspect in an illegal act in one of the entertainment establishments of the city of Kostroma, which caused a fire and the death of people. Currently, the suspect has been handed over to investigating authorities,” the statement read.

The Polygon Club fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. local time on a Saturday evening, with 250 people evacuated from the building.

At least five other fires have broken out in restaurants since the start of the year, according to Reuters. Two of these incidents resulted in fatalities.

In 2009, 156 people were killed after a fire broke out at the Lame Horse nightclub in the city of Perm, sparking calls for tougher fire safety laws in a country where deadly fires regularly occur .

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