Association offers condolences to Kemerovo casualties

Posted on : Thursday, 29 March 2018

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) wishes to express its deepest sympathies for those injured and tragically lost in last weekend's shopping mall fire in Kemerovo in Russia.

 

The fire at the four-storey Winter Cherry mall in the Siberian city claimed the lives of at least 64 people, 41 of them children. The fire is the eighth deadliest in a retail property since 1970. Russia held a national day of mourning on Wednesday.

 

The terrible death toll appears to be the result of a failure of existing fire protection systems, and Russia's Investigative Committee has said smoke alarms were found to be disconnected, emergency exits blocked or locked, and the public-address system switched off. Flammable thermal insulation is believed to have contributed to the intensity of the fire.

 

"Our deepest condolences are with those affected by this horrific fire, in particular the families of the large number of children among the casualties," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.