MOSCOW (Reuters) -Around 150 firefighters battled a major blaze on the roof of a Moscow apartment building for several hours early on Thursday and used a helicopter before finally dousing the flames, Tass news agency said.
About 400 people were evacuated from the nine-storey building on Leninsky Prospekt, a major avenue just to the southwest of the downtown core, a spokesperson for Russia’s federal emergencies ministry told Tass.
The fire was put out at shortly after 3 a.m. (0000 GMT), Tass later cited the ministry as saying.
At one point the fire covered an area of about 1,000 square metres (10,800 square feet). A helicopter could be seen dropping water from a large bucket onto the flames.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.
(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Sandra Maler)