Re: MT:Skyscraper Burns in Central Grozny
- Short Circuit Blamed for Blaze at Grozny's Tallest Building
04 April 2013 | Issue 5103
The Moscow Times
Musa Sadulayev / AP
The 40-story Olimp residential tower, Russia's tallest building outside Moscow, erupted in flames Wednesday.
A short circuit in the air conditioning system sparked an overnight fire in Grozny's tallest building, causing a spectacular display of flames and smoke but no injuries and apparently no permanent damage to the foundation, investigators said Thursday.
The fire broke out Wednesday evening on the fourth or fifth floor of the 40-story Olimp residential tower, part of the Chechen capital's sparkling showcase Grozny City complex, in the city center.
Several hundred firefighters and other emergency officials rushed to the scene, evacuating about 30 people from the building, which is the tallest residential high-rise in Russia outside of Moscow.
The fire spread over 18,000 meters before it was distinguished around 1:30 a.m., the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
A preliminary investigation found that the fire was started by a short circuit in the air conditioning system on the outside wall of the building. The fire then spread rapidly because the building's facade was constructed of highly flammable material and the building's emergency water pipelines meant for use in fires were empty of water, a senior Emergency Situations Ministry official, Yury Deshyovikh, said on Rossia-24 television.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has pumped huge amounts of cash into rebuilding Grozny, which was destroyed in two wars in the past two decades, voiced relief that no one was injured in the blaze.
"For me, one person's life is worth more than any building," he said on Twitter.
Kadyrov, who was not in Grozny when the fire started, is traveling in the United Arab Emirates this week, including for a horse race.
Chechnya's chief firefighter, Musa Yasuyev, said the fire mostly inflicted damage to the building's facade. "Now I can say with full assurance that the foundation of the building itself was not damaged. The fire did not penetrate the building," he said in comments carried by Interfax. "Also we managed to avoid any casualties. There were no victims."
The Grozny City complex consists of seven skyscrapers: the 145-meter-tall Olimp residential tower, two 30-story residential buildings, two 18-story residential buildings, one 30-story five-star hotel and one 30-story office tower. The other buildings were not damaged by the fire.
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> Skyscraper Burns in Central Grozny
> 04 April 2013 | Issue 5102
> The Moscow Times
> Dozhd Television
> The 145-meter Olimp residential tower burning near a mosque in the center of Grozny on Wednesday evening.
> A 40-story skyscraper in the showcase Grozny City complex in the Chechen capital caught fire Wednesday evening after insulation in the uninhabited building ignited for unknown reasons, according to local emergency officials.
> Video on Dozhd television showed smoke and flames billowing out of the Olimp tower, which at around 145 meters is the tallest residential high-rise in Russia outside of Moscow, according to Interfax.
> No one had been injured in the blaze as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, and almost 300 emergency workers were on the scene working to extinguish it. A local emergency official told RIA-Novosti that around 30 people had been evacuated from the burning building.
> An emergency official told Interfax that the fire had started around the fourth or fifth floor and that the reason for the blaze was unclear, other than that the insulation had apparently ignited.
> The modern skyscraper complex is located in central Grozny, the formerly war-torn Chechen capital, which has undergone massive redevelopment after two wars in the North Caucasus republic in the last two decades.
> Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has taken great pride in the redevelopment efforts, did not immediately comment on the skyscraper fire. Kadyrov was traveling in the United Arab Emirates this week, including for a horse race.
> According to RIA-Novosti, the Grozny City complex consists of seven skyscrapers: the 40-story Olimp residential tower, two 30-story residential buildings, two 18-story residential buildings, one 30-story five-star hotel and one 30-story office tower. Only the 40-story skyscraper had caught fire as of Wednesday evening