The Investigative Committee of Russia (SCR) revealed serious violations in the shopping and entertainment center "Winter Cherry", where as a result of the fire killed more than 60 people, the press service of the department.
"Serious violations were committed both during the commissioning of the shopping center and in the course of its work," the report said. In particular, the fire exits in the building were blocked, the SKR reported.
In addition, an employee of a private security company, upon receipt of a fire signal, disconnected the warning system, the report said. The agency calls the guard "the fifth suspect" in the case, now the question of his detention is being decided. The name of the guard is not given. Where he is now, the department did not specify.
Prior to this, four suspects were detained and questioned in the fire case. This is the technical director of the company - the owner of the building, the tenant of the premises where the fire allegedly started, as well as the employee and the head of the organization that served the fire alarm.
"The final conclusions about the causes of the fire and the perpetrators of the tragedy will be made based on the results of investigative and procedural actions and forensic examinations," the RK stresses.
The fire in the mall began on the afternoon of March 25. According to one version, it could start on the top floor of the building in the children's playroom. Nearby there were halls of the cinema, in which people were blocked. According to the latest data, 64 people died as a result of the fire, 52 more were injured, 12 people were hospitalized. Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov clarified that rescuers "have not yet raised" six people, the search operation continues.
The source of Vedomosti in the Emergencies Ministry indicated that the electricity in the Winter Cherry building turned off quickly and in the dark the guards were unable to help people leave the premises properly.
In the Kemerovo region, March 3 declared a three-day mourning. Vice-governor of the region Vladimir Chernov reported that the relatives of the victims will receive 1 million rubles each. from the owner of the SEC, another 1 million rubles. - from the regional administration.
On the fact of the fire, a criminal case has been opened into articles on causing death through negligence, violation of fire safety requirements, which caused the death of two or more persons through negligence, and the provision of services that do not meet the safety requirements.
Earlier, President Vladimir Putin postponed the awards ceremony for young cultural figures and for works for children and young people, announced by the Kremlin. At the same time, the president's working schedule concerning the visit to Russia of the Emir of Qatar Al Thani did not change. Asked if Putin plans to visit Kemerovo in connection with the tragedy, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov replied that if the head of state "takes this decision", then they will announce this.