Three children die in Siberia shopping mall fire

25 2018 smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center

25 2018 smoke rises above a multi-story shopping centerAAP

Seventeen people disappeared in the fire at the shopping and entertainment center in Kemerovo, Russian Federation, a source in the emergency services of the region told RIA Novosti.

The death toll in a shopping centre fire in a Siberian city has risen to 37 and 69 others are missing, many of them children.

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It was not immediately clear whether the jumper survived the ordeal, but Russia's Investigative Committee said three women, one man and a child were presumed dead in the fire. Television pictures showed people jumping from the windows to escape the choking black smoke, the independent newspaper The Moscow Times reported.

A representative of Russia's Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said that 26 people had sought treatment or had been taken to hospital.

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Russian media reported that over 200 people were evacuated from the building.

The four were killed when a fire spread in the "Winter Cherry" shopping centre in Kemerovo, an industrial city in central Siberia.

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

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