One dead in massive fire at retailer Ozon’s warehouse near Moscow – RIA

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MOSCOW, Aug 3 (Reuters) – At least one person was killed and 13 injured when a massive fire broke out on Wednesday at a warehouse northwest of Moscow owned by Russian e-commerce company Ozon (OZON.O ), reported RIA citing a source in Moscow. emergency services as saying.

Dozens of firefighters battled to put out the blaze using helicopters and 100 tonnes of water as a large plume of black smoke billowed from the roof of the bright blue warehouse.

RIA reported that emergency services considered arson to be the most likely cause of the warehouse fire near the Istra settlement.

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Separately, Emergencies Ministry official Alexander Chupryan said no one was killed and 11 other people had sought medical assistance, the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying on state television.

Reuters was not immediately able to corroborate RIA’s report or Chupryan’s comments.

Ozon said all employees were safely evacuated from the warehouse and none were injured. It said the fire started in a freestanding block of its distribution center, which holds and processes thousands of goods for delivery.

The Emergencies Ministry said the fire had spread to an area of ​​35,000 square meters. A fire pump station, an Mi-8 helicopter, two Ka-32 helicopters, 150 firefighters and 40 other equipment were deployed to the scene, he said.

Ozon said it removed the goods from the warehouse from its online marketplace.

“Customers will be refunded for lost orders,” Ozon said in a statement. “Sellers will receive compensation for damaged or lost goods.”

Nasdaq-listed Ozon is one of the biggest e-commerce players in Russia. It was not immediately clear what value or number of goods were involved.

Moscow-listed Ozon certificates of deposit were down 0.62% at 1549 GMT after hitting a nearly two-week low.

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