Perm regional government resigns after Russia fire

The government of the Russian region blighted by a disastrous nightclub fire resigned on Wednesday, as the death toll from the country's most deadly blaze in decades rose to 124.

Perm regional government resigns after Russia fire

The government of the Russian region blighted by a disastrous nightclub fire resigned on Wednesday, as the death toll from the country's most deadly blaze in decades rose to 124.

Club owner Alexander Titlyanov died on Wednesday of injuries sustained in the fire and 120 people remained in hospital, a spokeswoman for the governor of the Perm region said.

"In connection with the tragic events of December 5, the government of the Perm Region has decided to resign," the governor's office said in a statement.

The resignation came a day after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Perm -- about 1,150 km (720 miles) east of Moscow -- and lambasted local officials for failing to enforce fire safety rules.

The Lame Horse club was only licensed to hold 50 people and emergency exits were blocked by the management, Governor Oleg Chirkunov said on Wednesday in an interview with daily Izvestia.

State news agency RIA said investigators had named Titlyanov as a suspect in their investigation into the deaths. A statement from the prosecutor general's office said Titlyanov was the founder of the club and owned an 85 percent stake in it.

Many of the injured, mostly people in their 20s and 30s, have burns to more than 50 percent of their bodies and some are being kept alive with artificial respirators. Officials said plastic surgery would be needed for many.




Reuters

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