YEREVAN. – The fire at Malatia Mall in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, was contained Sunday at 5:24am, the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.
As of 8:30am, 13 fire crews, two fire engines, an emergency response team, a special natural-gas service vehicle, and two trucks from the Regional Center for Armenian-Russian Humanitarian Response were involved in the firefighting.
The seven people injured in the fire were taken to hospitals, where they received medical treatment and were discharged.
Saturday at 3:47pm, the 911 emergency hotline received a call informing that a fire had broken out at Malatia Mall, and there were injured, whose number—according to latest information—was ten.
Late in the evening, Emergency Situations Minister Feliks Tsolakyan said 22 fire trucks were taking part in the firefighting there.
“There are 420 firefighters involved in the work, whose work I consider heroic,” he added. “When you look at the faces of the firefighters coming out of the fire, you will realize what this is all about.”
The proprietor of Malatia Mall, well-known businessman and ex MP Samvel Aleksanyan, was also at the scene.
In a conversation with Police Chief Valeriy Osipyan, however, he complained about the respective work of the MES, noting that if the fire engines had come earlier, there would have been no such consequences.