A fire has broken out at Moscow’s Federation Tower, soon to be Europe’s tallest building, Russian news wire ITAR-TASS reports.
About 300 square meters (3,229 square feet) of the building’s 66th and 67th floors are now ablaze, according to RT. The emergencies ministry has sent a KA-226 helicopter to the scene. RT says smoke can be seen from 10 kilometers (6 miles).
People are being evacuated and no one has been injured so far. Authorities have cordoned off an area around the building in case the lower floors collapse. There are also worries that the windy weather could cause the fire to spread to neighbouring structures.
The fire could have been caused by a fan used for heating asphalt bitumen, which could have ignited waste material at the building’s apex.
The Federation Tower, which has been under construction for 10 years, will be part of the international Moscow City centre and will consist of two three-sided towers called “East” (243 meters/797 feet tall) and “West” (360 meters, 1,181 feet tall). The “East” part is the one that is currently on fire.
Although the building is still under construction, some offices located on the bottom floors are already in use.
Watch a video of the blaze:
UPDATE 5:33 pm ET: The blaze on the two upper floors has been put out, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti. “The fire was extinguished around midnight,” the source said. The Russian Emergencies Ministry has also confirmed there is no threat of the building collapsing.
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