29 Mar 2018 18:42

Zimnyaya Vishnya mall fire started in trampoline room, inside "tub" with soft blocks - official

KEMEROVO. March 29 (Interfax) - Specialists have located the source of the deadly fire at the Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping and entertainment center, a spokesperson for the cleanup task force told reporters on Thursday.

"There were two 'tubs' containing soft blocks in the trampoline room. The ignition occurred in the one that's closer to the wall," the spokesman said.

The inquiry is currently focusing on two lines: the fire was brought in from the outside, or a short circuit, he told Interfax.

"We cannot tell the exact cause without expert findings," the official said.

The fire at the shopping mall in Kemerovo occurred on March 25. According to the latest information, 64 people have died, including more than 40 children.

The trampoline tub theory was suggested by a witness in the inquiry against the mall manager Nadezhda Suddenok, whose testimony was read out in the court.