Sunday, March 25, in the centre of Kemerovo lit shopping centre “Winter cherry”. The fire, according to the latest figures, killed at least 64 people.
Media noted that the number of victims is one of the biggest fires in Russia over the last hundred years. On 26-27 March the city will host an interfaith prayer service for victims and survivors, according to invictory.com with reference to RIA-Novosti.
At the time of ignition in the building there was a fire alarm, which was not carried out an organized evacuation of visitors and staff. Firefighters were able to penetrate all space only 12 hours after the fire started. 16 people unaccounted for. In hospital of the city turned 48 injured in the fire, according to the project “Medusa”.
“At the request of Governor Aman Tuleyev the inhabitants of Kuzbass (Kemerovo oblast – approx. ed.) of different faiths will make prayer for the repose of the souls of the victims of the fire in shopping centre “Winter cherry”, a speedy deliverance from injury and disease affected by fire, the support of family and friends of those killed and injured”, — stated in the message of press-service of administration of the Kemerovo regional administration.
A memorial service for the victims of the incident will also make the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. It will be held on Monday, March 26. Tuesday — on the third day of the tragedy, with his blessing in all Orthodox churches held memorial services.
The Christians of the city to assist the fire victims and their families. The priests and sisters of mercy of the Kemerovo diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church are on duty in hospitals where the victims are hospitalized.
Ministers from Russia and other countries have expressed condolences to all who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.
“I’m sad and painful! Lord! Give comfort the now grieving. Bring healing to those suffering, who is in agony and pain. Lord, forgive us all for frivolity and carelessness. I, God, heal, comfort and forgive,” — wrote on his page in Facebook the former Chairman of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists Yury Sipko.
“I hope very much want to believe in Kemerovo brave enough and strong in the faith of the priests, who without waiting for any instructions, going, or already went out to people in this time of terrible grief. This requires courage. The courage to come out to people who are grief — said the Bishop of the Karelian Evangelical Lutheran Church Igor Knyazev. To come, to listen to what they speak about God, about his justice, about how so and where He was looking. Come just to silently accept their despair and pain.”
One of the greatest joys of childhood – going to the movies turned into a terrible tragedy. Dozens of children and adults lives ended in the most unexpected moment in peacetime, in a big city. As a father of six children I understand the feelings of the parents, and my heart is overflowing with sympathy. At such moments, you realize again how fragile human life is, and how you must appreciate every moment spent together with children, along with family — written by national Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Pentecostals), Sergei Ryakhovsky In this, our darkest hour we pray for supernatural comfort for all those affected by this tragedy. We pray for those who are hospitalized, for those who are just shocked by what happened. Yes, will restore you, Lord!”
“I read about the terrible tragedy in Volgograd, where on Sunday, during a fire in an entertainment center, suffocated in the smoke and burned dozens of children. Only pain and sorrow. Stashno tragedy. Children, being blocked by the fire, called my parents, texted, said goodbye and made a Declaration of love to the relatives. My condolences to the family and prayers to God for consolation, — said the pastor from Donetsk (Ukraine) Sergey Kosyak.
The number of victims of the Kemerovo fire – one of the four largest in Russia for 100 years, along with the fire in Samara police Department (1999, 57 victims), in a nursing home in the village of Kamyshevatskaya, in the Krasnodar Krai (2007, 63 victims) and in the club “Lame horse” in Perm (2009, 153 victims).