Moscow skyscraper will not collapse after huge fire
A strong fire took place in the skyscraper of Moscow City Business Center yesterday, April 2nd. The fire occurred on top floors of the building that is said to be Europe's tallest when finished. No injuries were reported.
The fire started on the 56th floor of the Federation Tower. The tower is a part of the business complex, which is still under construction on the banks of the Moskva River about 1.5 miles west of the Kremlin.
The fire, about 880 feet above street level, was believed to have started when plastic sheeting came in contact with a spotlight illuminating a work area, The Associated Press reports.
The fire started at about 8 p.m. on April 2nd, and was visible in most of Moscow's western area.
The Federation Tower skyscraper is to reach 1,150 feet tall when completed. That would make it Europe's tallest building, exceeding the current record-holder, the 990-foot City of Capitals building in the same development as the Federation Tower, and another building in the complex, the Mercury City Tower, which is to reach 1,089 feet, The AP reports.
It was said on April 3rd that the fire had not damaged the construction of the skyscraper, RIA Novosti reports. The square of the fire reached 300 m2 on Monday. The fire had been extinguished by 2:00 a.m. Tuesday.
There is no threat for the skyscraper to collapse, officials said. "The solid constructions of the Federation Tower were made from super-solid B-90 and B-100 concrete. They can endure fire for more than four hours. Therefore, the construction of the tower did not suffer from the fire," officials said.