At least 27 people died in a petrol station fire in southern Russia’s Dagestan.

In a petrol station explosion and fire in Dagestan, southern Russia, at least 27 people have died.

At 21:40 local time (18:40 GMT), a bomb went off in Makhachkala, the regional hub located on the Caspian Sea coast.

The specific reason for the tragedy, which also resulted in the injuries of dozens of others, is yet unknown.

Pictures of the site showed a sizable fire illuminating the night sky and numerous fire trucks.

According to the emergency ministry, 260 emergency personnel have been sent out, along with an aircraft to transport the badly injured to Moscow.

Three children were among the dead, according to physicians, who were quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax.

It continued by stating that there was a risk of additional explosions and that the fire had grown to a size of 600 sq m (6,460 sq ft).

According to an unidentified witness cited by the Russian publication Izvestia, the fire began on a vehicle lot next to the gas station.

“Everything collapsed on our heads after the explosion. We were no longer able to see anything, the witness claimed.

According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, the fire started during routine car maintenance and was “followed by a bang.”

According to the Committee, a criminal investigation has been launched to determine the events leading up to the tragedy.

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