Some 25 people may still be under the rubble of a shopping centre that caught fire in the Russian city of Kazan, Interfax news agency cited the head of the regional emergencies ministry as saying on Thursday.
The blaze broke out on Wednesday in a first-storey cafe at the centre, media reported, sending flames high into the air and killing five people.
Igor Panshin, head of the regional emergencies ministry, was quoted by Interfax as saying: “Around 25 people have not gotten in touch (with their relatives).”
Emergency workers were clearing away rubble on Thursday morning. Life News, which has good sources among Russia’s law enforcement authorities, said around 200 people had been evacuated from the building in Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region.