At least 30 people, including three children, were killed in a fire at a gas station in the southern Russian region of Dagestan late Monday evening, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said on Tuesday.
The fire broke out at a roadside auto repair shop on a highway in the Dagestan capital Makhachkala on Monday night, causing explosions as it spread to the nearby gas station, officials said.
“It’s like a war here,” said one witness.
Footage released online showed a one-story building on fire, Reuters TV reported.
“During the rescue operation in Makhachkala, the bodies of three other victims were found,” the ministry said on Telegram. “According to the updated information, 105 people were injured in the fire at the gas station, 30 of them died.”
Thirteen of the injured were children, Interfax previously reported, citing the Dagestani Ministry of Health.
It took firefighters more than three and a half hours to extinguish the blaze, which spread to an area of 715 square meters, TASS reported, citing a statement from the Russian Emergency Medical Service.