The blaze that had engulfed the tallest skyscraper in the North Caucasus region of Russia, has been put out, leaving the building almost completely destroyed.
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According to information given by local emergency services, the fire that had engulfed the "Grozny City" skyscraper on Wednesday, was put out in the early hours of Thursday, at 1:30 AM.
The blaze has left the 40-floor building in a state of near-complete destruction.
The local emergency service said the call about the fire on between the 4th and 5th floors was received at around 18:00 PM local time.
According to witnesses’ pictures that immediately started to appear on Twitter, all stories of the building had been covered in flames.
At the time there had been reports suggesting that the fire started on the top floor and the bottom floor was on fire as well. All people had managed to leave the 145-meter skyscraper.
Fire units and ambulances had arrived at the scene. Nearly 300 people were involved in extinguishing the fire. The area around the Grozny-City complex has been cordoned off.
In two hours the fire had completely engulfed three sides of the skyscraper from top to bottom, as the flames spread rapidly due to the plastic trimming on the building.
It had also reached the world's largest clock face, located near the apex of the building.
A criminal case has been launched in connection to the violation of fire safety rules.
"According to preliminary information, the cause of the fire in the skyscraper was a short circuit. A more concise report will be done after experts examine the building," the source told the tabloid.
The Grozny-City complex was partly open in 2011. It consists of seven skyscrapers both condominiums and a hotel: one 40-storey (currently on fire), one 30-storey, three 28-storey and two 18-storey buildings. The completed complex would boast 1000 apartments.
"We will reconstruct the building, and make it more beautiful with help from Allah," said the Chechen President, Kadyrov, on his Instagram account.