Videos circulating on social media on Thursday show a big blaze and black plumes of smoke engulfing a building in the western city of Kursk.
The scale of the fire, confirmed by Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, was at 400 square metres by 2pm local time.
National media first reported the building in flames was residential, but the ministry said the reports were false and that the premises were non-residential.
According to Kursk-based news outlets, emergency services were called to the scene after the incident was reported at 1.15pm local time.
Some 20 firefighters and four vehicles were working to extinguish the blaze, which could be seen from most parts of the city.
Ukrainian news outlet TSN said an area of dry grass also caught fire near the unknown premises.
Kursk residents did not report hearing the sound of explosions, and the cause of the blaze is not known yet.
It isn’t clear whether there were any casualties.
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