A massive fire broke out at a warehouse on Green Street in Odintsovo, Russia, located about four miles away from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official residence. The blaze, which started late Thursday, continued to rage early Friday, covering an area of approximately 30,000 square feet. The fire was so intense that Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and Kaluga airport were temporarily closed due to concerns of a suspected drone flight, but they later reopened and resumed flights.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and there has been no mention of a possible drone strike from either Ukraine or Russia. However, there have been reports of a Ukrainian drone being shot down over Moscow, with the debris falling in the area of the Karamyshevksaya embankment. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
A security guard at the facility in Odintsovo was injured during the fire. In an attempt to escape the blaze, he jumped from the second floor, fracturing several ribs. He has been taken to a hospital for treatment.
This incident comes just days after a deadly explosion at a fireworks warehouse near Moscow, which resulted in one fatality, 60 injuries, and several missing individuals. The cause of that explosion has yet to be determined.
The fire near Putin’s residence has caused significant concern due to its proximity. The dimensions of the blaze are estimated to be around 21,500 square feet. Firefighters and emergency services are currently working to contain the fire and prevent further damage.
Images from the scene show orange flames and smoke billowing into the night sky. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and authorities are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of local residents and the surrounding areas.