Huge fire at gas station in Russia’s Dagestan kills 35, injures dozens

A fire in the southern Russian region of Dagestan killed at least 35 people and injured dozens more, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said Tuesday.

The disaster occurred on the outskirts of the regional capital, Makhachkala, late Monday, when a fire spread from a car repair shop to a nearby gas station, according to the ministry — leading to a blaze that spanned around 600 square meters (about 6,460 square feet). Local media reported that the fire caused explosions.

Footage from the scene showed a massive blaze sending plumes of smoke into the night sky.

The ministry said Tuesday that there were 105 casualties, including 35 deaths.

Three children were among the dead, and 63 people receiving hospital treatment were in serious condition, the Tass news agency reported, citing the country’s Ministry of Health.

“It’s like a war here,” the Reuters news agency quoted a witness as saying. There is no immediate indication that the incident is connected to Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the fire, Tass reported, and officials in the region announced a state of emergency.

Russian authorities have ordered an investigation.

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