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Police investigating Tuesday's deadly fire in a downtown Moscow nightclub are looking into the possibility that the blaze was started deliberately, investigators said Thursday.
One person, apparently a security guard, was killed as flames consumed over 1,000 sq. meters of the three-storey Opera nightclub, causing its roof to collapse.
Officials said the nightclub was closed for 30 days in December due to a poor fire safety record.
President Dmitry Medvedev ordered nationwide fire safety checks after a fire late last year killed over 150 people at a nightclub in the west Urals city of Perm.
MOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti)
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