Russia arrests suspect after bar blaze leaves over 15 victims
(MENAFN) Russian police on Saturday arrested a man suspected to have triggered a huge fire overnight at a bar in the historic city of Kostroma that left more than 15 deaths.
Fire fighters fought through the early hours to turn off the fire at the well-known Poligon bar in the city, which is around 300 kilometers northeast of Moscow.
According to Russian agencies, the blaze could have broken out when a drunk man fired a “flare gun” on the dance floor.
“Police officers identified and detained the suspect (behind) unlawful acts in an entertainment establishment in the city of Kostroma, which resulted in a fire and the death of people,” Russian police added.
“He has now been handed over to investigative authorities,” it further said, without providing any further details.
Russia’s Investigative Committee started a criminal case of “causing death by negligence.”
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