The local authorities in Russia reported that there was a fire in a cafe in the Russian city of Kostroma killing at least 13 people and injured five others on Saturday .
Although,the death toll stood at 15, the contradicting numbers couldn’t be immediately reconciled.The blaze erupted in the early hours after someone apparently used a flare gun, according to the authorities.
A brawl erupted in the cafe shortly before the fire, but it wasn’t immediately clear if it had anything to do with the use of a flare gun. Rescuers were able to evacuate 250 people. The roof of the cafe collapsed during the fire, which engulfed an area of 3,500 square meters (more than 37,000 square feet). Firefighters also spent five hours battling the blaze, and a dozen residents of a nearby residential buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
A criminal investigation has been launched, and the police have arrested a suspect.Ikhtiyar Mirzoyev, a member of the regional legislature and owner of the cafe, promised assistance to those affected by the fire.