Shopping centre blaze in Siberia kills 37

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A desperate young man was filmed jumping from the third story of a blazing shopping mall in Russia's Kemerovo after smoke forced him to hang out of a window.

At least 37 people were killed and many were unaccounted for on Sunday after a fire tore through a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.

Earlier, 69 people were reported missing, including 40 children.

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Footage broadcast on Russian television showed individuals leaping from the windows of the shopping centre which was engulfed in black smoke.

News agency Tass quoted the city's mayor saying that at least 10 people, including two children, have been rushed to hospital.

A source told state news site Sputink: "According to the preliminary data, four children have died as result of gas poisoning after the fire".

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The commission said local ambulances were continuing efforts to control the fire and evacuate people from the center, which also houses gyms and restaurants.

Deputy governor, Vladimir Chernov, has now said the blaze started in a kids' play area.

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