According to authorities, a fire that started in a popular nightclub in the Russian city of Kostroma resulted in at least 13 fatalities.
A city of over 270,000 people, Kostroma is located 300 kilometers (190 miles) northeast of Moscow on the banks of the Volga River.
Early in the morning, a fire broke out at Polygon, a multipurpose entertainment area that served as a bar, nightclub, and cafe. Rescuers said that 250 individuals were taken out of the building.
The location has not recently undergone a fire safety inspection, according to Russia’s emergency ministry, because it is considered a minor business.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least five further restaurant fires, two of which have been fatal.
A fire that started at the Lame Horse nightclub in the city of Perm in 2009 resulted in 156 deaths, prompting calls for stricter fire safety regulations in a nation where fatal fires frequently occur.