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37 dead, 69 missing in Russian shopping center fire

MOSCOW — A fire at a shopping center in a Siberian city killed 37 people and left 69 others missing Sunday, many of them children, a Russian state news agency reported.

The Tass agency quoted firefighters as saying that 40 of the missing at the four-story Winter Cherry mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo were children. An additional 43 people were injured in the blaze, the report said.

There has been no immediate information on the cause of the fire at the mall, about 1,900 miles east of Moscow. But Tass reported that the fire started on the top floor and consumed an area of about 16,100 square feet.

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The mall, which opened in 2013, has a cinema, petting zoo, children’s center, and bowling, Tass reported.

In Vietnam on Friday, at least 13 people were killed and 28 injured when a fire broke out at a large condominium complex in Ho Chi Minh City.

State media said officials rescued more than 100 residents while about 1,000 escaped the fire themselves.

The three buildings, with 14 to 20 floors each, have more than 700 apartments.

ASSOCIATED PRESS