At least 25 people, including three children, were killed and more than 60 injured in a gas station fire in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s Dagestan, local authorities reported.
A fire broke out on Monday evening in a car repair shop on the side of a highway in Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala, and caused explosions that spread to a nearby gas station.
As reported by Reuters, a video published on the Internet showed a one-story building burning.
“It’s like war,” said one witness.
The death toll is growing
At least 25 people, including three children, died as a result of the fire. The number of injured has risen to 66, 10 of whom are in critical condition, the RIA news agency reported, quoting Russian Deputy Health Minister Vladimir Fisenko. Thirteen of the injured are children, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the Dagestan health ministry.
It took more than three and a half hours for firefighters to put out the fire, which spread over an area of 600 square meters, TASS reported, citing a statement from the Russian emergency services.
Main photo source: Reuters