The Ministry of Emergency Situations has today held a board meeting chaired by Minister of Emergency Situations Colonel-General Kemaleddin Heydarov. The Fire in DIGLAS shopping mal was discussed at the meeting, ONA reports.
Head of the State Fire Control Service of the MES Major General Israyil Aliyev gave detailed information on violated fire safety rules in connection with the fire that occurred in the DIGLAS shopping mall in the Nizami district of Baku. He said that the State Fire Control Service filmed the shopping mall in 2018 to determine the current situation.
With the video, Israyil Aliyev explained that the building was not provided with a water pool and automatic fire extinguisher, the facility was exploited without meeting the requirements of the regulations for electrical installations, the emergency exits of the building were blocked by various items and thus free access to the area was restricted, the building was not provided with ventilation systems according to the requirements of smoke emission and normative documents, and the building territory was occupied by various types of vehicles. According to Israyil Aliyev, the State Fire Control Service within the authority defined by the legislation has repeatedly officially warned the management of the shopping center and other related persons about the need to eliminate violations of the fire safety rules at the DIGLAS shopping center. Notwithstanding all the appeals, violations of fire safety rules were not eliminated at the shopping center. In general, the operation of the facility has not been coordinated with the State Fire Control Service and the Agency on Control over Security in Construction. He also added that there were cases of violation of fire safety rules and relevant letters on elimination of these violations were sent to other places where massive people gather in the country.
Chief of the State Fire Protection Service Major General Fuzuli Asadov delivered a detailed report on the measures taken to extinguish the fire at the DIGLAS shopping center. He also added that violated fire safety regulations, inactive water reservoir and inland water cranes, the distance of the fire hydrants and water basins, providing water from various directions (800, 1000 m) for fire extinguishing works, dense location of commercial premises in the area, and flammable materials that can cause the rapid spread of fire has created great difficulties in timely prevention of fire. Nevertheless, as a result of operative and urgent measures, the spread of the fire to the surrounding areas and the greater complications have been prevented. Thus, 5000 m2 area in the negative 2 and 3 floors of the basement of the DIGLAS shopping mall, the consumables market in 2 hectares, fruit and vegetable market in the area of 2.5 hectares and 3-storey “Lotos” shopping center were protected from fire.
Minister Kemaleddin Heydarov gave instructions on the provision of all necessary materials to the investigative group on the fire in DIGLAS shopping center. He also gave relevant instructions to head of the State Fire Control Service Israyil Aliyev and head of the State Fire Protection Service Fuzuli Asadov to take measures to provide fire safety in public places, including shopping and entertainment facilities.