In the Moscow region on Wednesday, August 3, there was fire in the warehouse of the Ozon online store, located in the village of Petrovskoye in the Istra district. The area of fire was 55 thousand square meters. As a result of the fire, one person died and 13 others were injured, TASS and RIA Novosti report.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, the message about the fire at the Ozon warehouse was received by the operational authorities at 12.33, initially the fire area was 20 thousand square meters. At 21.17 the fire was localized. More than 150 firefighters and about 40 pieces of equipment, including Mi-8 and Ka-32 helicopters, as well as a fire train, were involved in its extinguishing, according to the agency’s Telegram channel.
More than a thousand employees of the warehouse were evacuated from the premises. According to Tatyana Vitusheva, the head of the Istra urban district, the fire was assigned the third rank of complexity.
One of the versions is arson
The main versions of the fire are considered arson and a malfunction of electrical equipment, a spokesman for emergency services told RIA Novosti. According to a TASS source in emergency services, the fire occurred due to the emergency operation of the power grid, in particular short circuit in the equipment, but the version of arson is also not ruled out.
The prosecutor’s office of the Moscow region reported that an investigation had been launched into the fire, during which “the causes and circumstances of the incident will be established, as well as an assessment of the actions of the responsible persons.”
Damage over 10 billion rubles
The Ozon warehouse and the goods stored there were insured for the amount of 17 billion rubles, of which the contents of the warehouse were insured for 11 billion rubles.
“Obviously, this is one of the largest losses in recent times, the total damage even according to preliminary data, it can be estimated at more than 10 billion rubles, the companies have already begun valuation and work with clients,” Igor Yurgens, head of the All-Russian Union of Insurers, told reporters.