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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 700 people were evacuated from the Zimnyaya Vishnya ("Winter Cherry") shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo after the fire erupted, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said on Friday.

    "As a result of the measures that were taken, 700 people were evacuated from the building, over 20 people were saved with the use of aerial ladders, elevating platforms and firefighting equipment," the ministry said in a statement.

    Five victims of the fire in Kemerovo remain in hospitals, according to Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova.

    "Top-quality medical assistance was provided to all the victims. The best specialists from our best federal centers were treating each victim. To date, there are five people left in the hospitals, their condition is light and of medium severity," Skvortsova told reporters.

    Fire at Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall in Kemerovo
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    Fire at Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall in Kemerovo

    She noted that the two worst-off patients are a 11-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man and that their condition is moderately severe, but already improving; both are fully conscious.

    Fire at Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall in Kemerovo
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    Fire at Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall in Kemerovo

    On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it was necessary to determine who was to blame for the tragedy in order to make decisions on the personnel.

    Earlier, district court in the Russian city of Kemerovo has ordered an arrest of five people over the deadly blaze in shopping mall.

    READ MORE: Russia Holds Nationwide Day of Mourning for Kemerovo Mall Inferno Victims

    In Kemerovo Region, a three-day mourning period was declared from Tuesday through Thursday. People in other countries have honored the memory of the victims as well.

    On Sunday, a fire broke out in the Zimnyaya Vishnya ("Winter Cherry") shopping center in Kemerovo. According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, 64 people, including 41 children, were killed in the blaze. The fire began on the top floor of the shopping mall, when the center was packed with visitors, including many children.

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