A huge fire engulfed a warehouse belonging to one of Russia’s biggest online retailers in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Reuters reported. The Ministry of Emergency Situations said that firefighters had succeeded in keeping it from spreading further.
The warehouse of a large online store Wildberries is on fire in St. Petersburg. The area of the fire is 70 thousand square meters, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) January 13, 2024
Russian media report that the damage from the fire may amount to 10-11 billion rubles (approximately 126… pic.twitter.com/Qnz7IgkHN2
Wildberries, Russia’s equivalent of Amazon, is the warehouse’s owner. Nobody was reported to have been hurt and all its staff had been evacuated, Wildberries said in a statement.
“The roof is collapsing! Hurry to the gate!”— (((Tendar))) (@Tendar) January 13, 2024
The videos coming from the now completely destroyed “Wildberries” warehouse in Sankt Petersburg show understandably absolute chaos among the workers. But what is mind boggling is that many workers claim that they got held up by… pic.twitter.com/yGw5ffcGAf
There was no immediate word on how the fire – which covered at least 70,000 square meters and was rated as a category five, the most serious – had started.
Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, a spate of sabotage and suspicious fires have plagued Russia’s infrastructure facilities.
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