A fireman accused of negligence at quenching the Kemerovo fire denied the charge

A fireman accused of negligence at quenching the Kemerovo fire denied the charge
Sergey Genin (to the right)

According to Sergey Genin, it was an employee of the shopping center who led firemen to the far staircase.

Sergey Genin, the commander of the fire department, accused of negligence when extinguishing the fire at shopping center Zimnyaya Vishnya in Kemerovo, declined to plead guilty at the hearing on selecting a preventive measure for him, Interfax reported. According to the investigation, the firemen under his leadership ignored the information about the shortest way to people locked in one of the cinema halls of the shopping center, which caused death of at least 37 people. Genin stated that it was an employee of the shopping center who sent his squad to the far staircase. 

"I have two ears, 20 people shouted. We were led by an employee of the building," Genin said after the trial. As he said, firemen managed to rescue one person from a cinema hall. After that, they had to leave the room, because there was no air. "Go into the bathroom and turn off the light - in 30 seconds you will not know where the exit is", - said the firefighter. According to him, the staff of the shopping center did not help evacuate visitors.

The court postponed the hearing on the election of a measure of restraint for Genin to April 13, so that the parties could get acquainted with the case materials. 

Previously, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said that Genin observed the rules. According to the representatives of the department, it would be a violation of the charter to use the instructions of eyewitnesses. Moreover, there was already another fire squad working in the direction where the fireman was advised to go. 

Sergey Genin was detained on April 11 on charges of negligence. 

The fire in shopping center Zimnyaya Vishnya in Kemerovo occurred on March 25. As a result, 64 people died, including 41 children. 7 people have already been arrested in the case on the fire.

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