In the Moscow Central Department store there was a fire

The TSUM building in Moscow

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In the building of the Central Department store on Petrovka street in Moscow there was a fire. According to one, the roof caught fire, according to others, the fireplace was in the basement.Visitors to the store were evacuated

Emergency workers evacuate people from the building of the Central Department store in the center on Petrovka in connection with heavy smoke on the sixth floor of the Mall. About this TASS said a source in law enforcement bodies of the capital. “Heavy smoke occurred on the sixth floor of a building of the Central Department store on Petrovka street. At the emergency arrived employees of the Ministry of emergency situations who carried out the evacuation of people and determine the cause of the smoke,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

The official representative of the Moscow emergency management of the channel has confirmed RBC fact of evacuation because of the smoke.

In turn, the source of “Interfax” in the emergency services said that “according to preliminary information, the fire occurred on the roof.” However, according to a source “RIA Novosti” in the emergency services, the fire is in the basement of TSUM. “The smoke spread through the building via the ventilation shaft,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

Press Secretary Cum Christina Shavadze in conversation with RBC said, “Triggered a fire alarm. Other information I have yet.”

The MOE later reported that the fire looking for bodies, is held simultaneously with the airing of the premises. The victims in the incident have not been identified. TASS reports that the building Department was evacuated more than 1 thousand people.

The seven-storey building of the Central Department store on Petrovka,2, was built in 1908 by the architect Roman Klein. In 1974, the building Department was reconstructed joined by a new building with four underground garages. Since 2002, the main owner of the Central Department store was the Mercury group is the largest retailer of luxury items in Russia (in addition to the Department store in Moscow, owns the St. Petersburg DLT, boutiques of brands such as Dolce&Gabbana, Tom Ford, TOD’s and others).

In the summer of 2016 Mercury managed to consolidate the entire area a nice close to the company structure acquired “arcade-holding”, which in 2015 were bought from the government of Moscow the fifth-seventh floors of the store for RUB 4.3 billion, According to Mercury, TSUM profit for the first half of 2016 was reduced by about 15 percent, said General Manager Department store Alexander Pavlov. According to him, this happened due to the fact that the company had to sacrifice profitability, reducing prices for luxury goods to the European level. Due to this, revenue for the weather grew 12% in Euro and 30% in rubles.

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