April 13 According to a report by the Central News Agency, on the 12th local time, a historic ancient factory in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, was destroyed, and thick smoke stained the city’s skyline.
The Nevskaya Manufaktura, built in red bricks, was built in 1841 and is 180 years old. It is located on the Oktyabrskaya embankment on the right bank of the Neva River. ), is one of the famous landmarks of St. Petersburg.
Local media mentioned that Nevskaya factory is listed as a historical and cultural monument of the city government of St. Petersburg. The factory was nationalized during the Soviet Union and later privatized in 1992. In recent years, part of the factory has continued to produce textiles, some of which are rented out for office use, and some of them are abandoned.
According to the BBC, the fire broke out at about 12:30 p.m. local time on the 12th and soon extended to the whole six-storey building. The cause of the fire remains to be investigated. The burning factory has evacuated 40 people, and a nearby hotel has been closed, and tenants have been moved elsewhere.
The huge factory was reportedly caught in fire, affecting even nearby trees, surrounded by fire trucks and ambulances. The disaster ranged about 10,000 square meters, and a large part of the roof collapsed.
After nightfall, nearly 350 firefighters continued to put out the fire, and the military also sent fire helicopters to support it.
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Affairs said that the body of a firefighter who died in the line of duty had been found, and two other firefighters were seriously injured and hospitalized, with 40% to 50% of their burns.
According to the Russian Tass Agency, the Russian Emergency Department inspected the building on March 16 this year and found nine violations and many serious violations of fire safety requirements.