A new inferno at a Russian shopping mall today has raised suspicions of coordinated sabotage attacks.
StroyPark Mall in Balashikha, to the east of Moscow, was filmed in flames early Monday as thick black smoke streamed into the sky.
It comes after another fire at the Mega shopping centre in Khimki, also near Moscow and 30 miles from Balashikha, caused explosions which killed one person.
Monday’s fire was reported to cover more than 230,000 sq ft.
One Telegram channel asked: ‘Fires at Russian shopping centres seem to be breaking out really often these days. Are these sabotage…or?’
The Russian emergencies ministry has officially blamed Monday’s blaze on building materials catching fire inside a construction supplies store.
Ministers did not say how the materials had caught light.
The first last week was also focused around a construction store, with canisters of gas thought to be behind the blasts.
Building material caught fire for unexplained reasons, according to the Russian emergencies’ ministry.
Other recent fires have hit the Mikoyanovsky meat factory, in Moscow, and the Pushkin national art gallery in the centre of the Russian capital.