Russia: Blaze destroys 16 apartments in elite village near Chelyabinsk

A huge blaze destroyed 16 apartments in one hour in an elite cottage village, near Chelyabinsk, Saturday. The fire brigade was able to prevent a spread of the fire with no casualties reported at the time of writing. The fire area amounted around 300 square metres (3,229 square feet). According to preliminary data, the blaze started in an apartment where repairs were underway, possibly caused by violations of security measures. The fire service reported that 97 firefighting units and 24 pieces of equipment were used to extinguish the fire.