Royal Oak Tribune

Cafe blaze north of Moscow kills 13, injures 5


MOSCOW >> A fire in a large cafe in the Russian city of Kostroma killed 13 people and injured five others on Saturday, local authoritie­s said. The governor of the Kostroma region, Sergei Sitnikov, said 13 people died in the fire and five more were slightly injured. The blaze erupted in the early hours after someone apparently used a flare gun, according to the authoritie­s. The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that a brawl erupted in the cafe shortly before the fire, but it wasn’t immediatel­y clear if it had anything to do with the flare gun. Russia’s Investigat­ive Committee, which investigat­es major crimes, said a suspect had been detained for allegedly firing the flare gun and that the cafe’s director also was being held.

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