The location of the fire was less than a mile from the closest residential area, in east Moscow. The blaze has since been put out, authorities reported early Friday. Over a hundred people were evacuated.
The warehouse that caught fire belongs to the ‘Viktoriya’ factory. It was used to store artificial flowers, its owner said. “It is a high-risk facility: chemicals, flammable materials, ammonia, pressurized tanks and other dangerous materials are normally stored there – those would have been hazardous to the health of anyone living in the vicinity,” Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said in a Friday statement.