An FSB border guard service facility in Rostov-on-Don was engulfed in flames, apparently killing one person
A huge fire has broken out in the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) border guard building in the port city of Rostov-on-Don. Clouds of thick black smoke could be seen billowing from the city center on Thursday morning as residents posted video footage of the blaze on social media.
Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev issued a statement confirming that the fire started in the technical rooms of the FSB facility. He added that the cause is currently believed to have been a short circuit in the electrical wiring inside the building, the fire from which then spread to containers of fuel and lubricants, causing a series of explosions. .
The fire has spread to an area of 800 square meters, causing some walls in the facility to collapse, the governor said, adding that 14 fire engines and 63 rescue workers are currently involved in extinguishing the fire. ‘fire.
Golubev also stressed that there was no threat of fire spreading to nearby apartment buildings, but said that for safety reasons residents were being evacuated. He added that investigations into the incident were ongoing.
Earlier, the TASS news agency reported that around 20 firefighters had been dispatched to the scene. The outlet also reported that one person lost their life in the incident and two others were injured, according to emergency services.
Rostov-on-Don is one of the largest cities in the Southern Federal District of Russia, with a population of over one million. It lies at the southeastern end of the Don River, about 50 kilometers from where the river meets the Sea of Azov. The port city is also located next to the people’s republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, which became part of Russia in September 2022.
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