Sadness and grief prevailed in Kemerovo a day after the deadly fire that claimed 64 lives, 41 of them children.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of Kemerovo region administration to protest over the fire at winter cherry shopping mall where a cinema complex and children’s play area were located.Protesters – with photos of the killed children in hands – vented their anger at the shopping mall management, blaming its for ‘irresponsibility’ and called on the authorities to tell the real numbers of victims.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the scene of a fire and hit out at “criminal negligence” which he said was to blame for the high death toll.The Russian emergencies ministry has said that it had recovered 58 bodies while a search was underway for another six still missing.

Investigators said that a security guard had turned off the fire alarm system and that exits had been illegally blocked.Four people have already been detained, including two employees of the firm that services the mall’s fire alarm.The fire swept through the upper floors of the winter cherry shopping center in the city of Kemerovo, where a cinema complex and children’s play area were located.

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