Ukraine's PM Offers Condolences Over Russian Nightclub Fire

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko offered her condolences on Saturday to the families of over 100 people killed in a nightclub fire in the Russian Urals city of Perm.

Police officers stand in front of the entrance to the Lame Horse nightclub where a fire took place on Friday in the centre of Perm, 1,150 km
(720 miles) east of Moscow.

The blaze broke out in the city's Lame Horse nightclub during an indoor firework display at around 01:00 a.m. local time, killing at least 102 people and injuring over 130 more.

"This is a terrible tragedy for all of us, as Ukraine recently experienced a similar disaster. It is sad that a tragic accident has claimed the lives of young people, full of energy, who had their whole lives ahead of them," Tymoshenko said in a message to Russian premier Vladimir Putin, posted on the Ukrainian government website.

"I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have died, and I wish a quick recovery for those injured," she said.

The owner and manager of the club, Anatoly Zak and Svetlana Yefremova, have been arrested for breaching fire safety rules, and face jail terms of up to seven years.

Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told RIA Novosti that four other suspects are wanted in the case.

Regional security minister Igor Orlov earlier told Russian media that the club's plastic ceiling caught fire during the indoor fireworks display, held during a celebration of the venue's seventh anniversary.

The health ministry has said that the injured are being flown to Moscow, to be treated in the city's best hospitals.

Investigators have so far identified 10 of those killed in the fire.

The venue, which covers an area of 500 square meters, was almost completely destroyed by the blaze.

Source: RIA Novosti