Two rescuers were taken to the hospital from the site of the powerful explosion at the Surmalu shopping market in Yerevan on August 14. Armen Pambukhchyan, the Minister of Emergency Situations of Armenia, informed reporters about this on Thursday morning.
"One—with a leg injury, one—with a lot of smoke inhalation. Both were discharged on the second day. Seven rescuers had suffered smoke inhalation on the specified day," Pambukhchyan added.
The minister of emergencies noted that as long as the dilapidated three-story building at the Surmalu market is still standing, it is hazardous for the people.
Sixteen people, including a pregnant woman and a small child, were killed in the powerful explosion at the Surmalu shopping market on August 14. One of these casualties, however, has not been identified yet. Those identified are: Misak Margaryan (born in 1964), Anahit Mkhitaryan (born in 1967), Jemma Nazaryan (born in 1960), Anahit Khalatyan, Vardan Kocharyan (born in 1960), and Gayane Avetisyan (born in 1965), Aram Hayrapetyan (born in 1980), Vachagan Yeghoyan (born in 2000), Erna Grigoryan (born in 1980), Harutyun Garakyan (born in 1987), Mariam Khachatryan (born in 1992), Sirarpi Khachatryan (born in 1994), Marat Shahbazyan (born in 2018 ), Hrachya Sargsyan (born in 1976), and Artavazd Hayrapetyan (born in 1951).
In addition, 62 people were administered to hospitals, four of them continue to receive treatment there.
Criminal proceedings have been launched into the aforesaid explosion—and under the Criminal Code articles on "Violation of fire safety rules or requirements, which has negligently caused the death of a person or other serious consequences," and "Violation of rules or requirements for the storage, accounting, transportation, delivery or use of flammable or combustible materials, which has negligently caused the death of a person or other serious consequences."