Moscow explosion tears through massive 34,000sqm building in huge blow to Putin
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Vladimir Putin has been left with yet another disaster on his hands after a 34,000sqm building went up in flames after a large explosion.
The explosion and subsequent fire was captured on video in the Bogorodsky region, East of the Russian capital, Moscow, where images were captured of the building going up in flames.
The fire can be seen pouring out of a huge industrial storage unit, which is believed to house paper and cardboard products for a pro-Kremlin publishing house.
Publishing house Prosveshchenie is said to have used the location to store its printed materials, with the building rocked by an explosion earlier this morning.
Eastern European media platform NextaTV took to Twitter and shared footage of the blast, which showed huge clouds of smoke billowing from the location.
In the tweet, they said: "There is a large fire at the warehouse of the Pro-Kemlin 'Prosveshchenie' publishing house near Moscow. Almost 34 thousand square metres are burning.
"Around midnight a hanger in Bogorodskoe district, where printed materials were stored, burst into flames."
Emergency services on the scene said there was a partial collapse of the burning warehouse as well as an immediate danger to the neighbouring warehouse located 10 metres away.
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Firefighters eventually managed to bring the blaze under control, Newsweek reports, and it is unclear yet if there were any casualties due to the explosion and fire.
Firefighters eventually managed to bring the blaze under control and it is unclear yet if there were any casualties due to the explosion and fire.
Analyst and researcher Olga Lautman said: "And another fire in Bogorodsky Moscow oblast. The warehouse with paper is on fire over the entire area of 33,800 square metres. There has been a partial collapse of the building.
"I wonder if anyone needs a fire reporter because every day I'm documenting fires across Russia."
The warehouse is located in a section of industrial area dedicated to logistics and distribution.
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