A second Moscow shopping center catches fire in 4 days

MOSCOW (AP) — A massive fire ripped through a shopping center on the eastern outskirts of Moscow on Monday, the second such fire in four days.

The fire at the Balashikha compound, where construction materials and decoration pieces were sold, started in a warehouse area and later spread to part of the building.

Fire crews managed to contain it in an area of ​​about 9,000 square meters (97,000 square feet) and prevent it from engulfing the entire building.

Authorities attributed the disaster to a short circuit on a day of heavy rain in Moscow.

Another fire destroyed the huge OBI building materials store, which was part of the MEGA shopping center in Khimki, on the northwestern outskirts of the Russian capital, on Friday.

That fire, in which a security guard was killed, was started by welding work that appeared to be in breach of safety regulations, according to authorities.

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