hits Russian World Cup venue under construction
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[August 03, 2017]
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A fire broke
out at the World Cup stadium being built in the Russian city of
Samara on Thursday, a regional government official said, the second
such incident in seven weeks to hit venues under construction for
The stadium in Samara, a city of 1.1 million located some 850
kilometres southeast of Moscow, will host six matches in next year's
World Cup finals, including a quarter-final.
A spokeswoman for the regional government told Reuters that
construction debris at the site had caught fire on Thursday morning
but said the exact cause of the blaze had yet to be determined.
"There was construction debris, wooden planks, old plastic pipes
that needed to be thrown out, but they weren't," spokeswoman Anna
Sitnik said. "There was more smoke than fire."
The stadium did not sustain any damage in the blaze and no workers
were injured, she said.
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The local World Cup organizing committee did not
immediately respond to a request to comment.
A similar fire broke out in June at a World Cup venue being built in
the industrial city of Volgograd, which officials attributed to
neglected safety regulations.
Russia will host the World Cup finals from June 14 to July 15 next
year in 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, St.
Petersburg and Sochi.
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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