Fire team commander’s detention extended till late December in Kemerovo mall blaze case
MOSCOW, October 10 (RAPSI) - The Kemerovo Regional Court has extended detention of a fire team commander Sergey Genin involved in the case on fire in a local shopping mall Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) that left 60 people dead until December 25, the court’s press service has 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.
There are twelve defendants in the case. Investigation into seven defendants in the case is complete. Probe into five other defendants is still ongoing.