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3-Alarm Fire at Culturally-Historic Factory Building in Russia

Two Fatalities
Famous Among Photographic Community

A MID-DAY FIRE IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, caused significant damage to the former LOMO camera and optics factory Tuesday.

Fontanka photo

The fire started during a construction job on the roof of the 3-story factory building that dates back 100 years.  The fire grew quickly and spread down into the top floor, bringing a 2nd- and 3rd-alarm responses.

Heavy, thick smoke filled the entire downtown region of St. Petersburg during the afternoon.  Forty people were evacuated from the fire building, but at least two people died in the blaze.

Fontanka photo

There is no information yet on the exact cause of the fire or why the two victims perished.  The official in charge of proclaiming a short-circuit as the cause has not yet arrived on site.

LOMO was a world-famous quality camera produced during the Soviet Union era and has a strong following of near-cult levels of fans around the world.

A citizen supplied this raw video:


There are early reports from Ria Novosti HERE,
and Fontanka HERE.

Hat tip:  James C.

Ria Novosti

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