A fire has destroyed the iconic Nevskaya Manufaktura building in St. Petersburg. The former clothes factory, built in XNUMX, was an imposing landmark of Russia’s second-largest city. As the floorboards and roof of the six-story structure have been severely damaged, it looks like St. Petersburg lost an icon of its industrial past.
For now, the cause of the fire remains unknown. The Russian Emergencies Ministry mentioned XNUMX people were evacuated from the building. Over XNUMX firefighters have been working to put out the devastating fire. One day later, the blaze is still not under control, reported state-owned Russian news agency TASS. It concluded that XNUMX square meters of Russia’s industrial heritage lay in ashes. (Der Text wird unter dem Bild fortgesetzt.)
Heritage in danger
The enormous red-brick building resides on the banks of the Neva river. In the XNUMXth-century, it housed one of Russia’s largest textile producers. During the Soviet era, the government managed the factory. The building became privatised again in XNUMX. In recent years, it housed small fabric manufacturers and was rented out as an office space, BBC News gemeldet.
Because of its long industrial history, the St. Petersburg municipality listed the factory as a cultural heritage site in XNUMX. Despite its historical and cultural value for the public, the building lacked safety measures and became a massive fire hazard, France24 reported. The lack of maintenance and following safety regulations results now in the loss of the Nevskaya Manufaktura building and the death of a firefighter. Two other firemen were severely injured. In the video below you can view footage of the burning building.