Fire team commander to stay detained in Kemerovo mall blaze case
MOSCOW, September 7 (RAPSI) – The Central District Court of Kemerovo on Friday extended detention of fire team commander Sergey Genin involved in a case over the fire in the Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) shopping mall that left 60 people dead until October 11, the court’s press service told RAPSI.
According to investigators, Genin ignored information about scores of people at the cinema on the fourth floor and the nearest way to the movie hall he received from a witness of the fire. Other firemen obeyed their chief in accordance with applicable regulations. The defendant sent his subordinates to the far-away stairs and lost the time. His negligence resulted in the death of at least 37 people, the Investigative Committee said earlier.
The blaze in the mall occurred on March 25. According to investigators, 60 people including dozens of children were killed by fire. Initially it was reported that 64 people died.
A criminal case has been launched over involuntary manslaughter, violation of fire safety regulations that left more than two persons dead and provisions of services that don’t meet safety requirements.
Eleven defendants have been placed in detention.