On the evening of July 5, a strong fire broke out in one of the hangars of the Zhukovsky Academy. There were no casualties as a result of a major incident; the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation took up the investigation of the incident.
A major fire broke out in early July in a hangar filled with debris and aircraft engines, owned by the Air Force Engineering Academy. NOT. Zhukovsky, located at st. Seregin, 3. On empty structures, the fire spread to the neighboring building of the academy itself. The fire spread quickly enough, so it took about 5 hours to eliminate it, while 47 fire brigades fought with the fire.
In total, the fire raged on an area of 1,500 square meters for about 5.5 hours. Among the remains of the hangar, firefighters found gas cylinders for welding, which, according to fire safety rules, should not have been stored in this room. In addition, the hangar lacked the equipment necessary for fire extinguishing, which made it difficult to eliminate the fire.
Initially, among the preliminary versions of the causes of the incident, the investigation called the short circuit of the electrical wiring, deliberate arson and careless handling of fire. In the report of the official commission investigating the incident, which was published a few days later, a short circuit was named as the cause of the fire.
The incident caused a huge resonance. One of the reasons for this is that, together with the hangar, the building of 1934 was almost completely destroyed. Another is that the hangar contained aircraft engines, some of which, although subject to disposal, were still of great importance to the academy.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the damage from the fire is just over three million rubles. The hangar and its contents cannot be restored, but the building of the academy itself will have to be repaired, in particular, it will require replacing the floors and interior decoration of the academy building, which was damaged by the fire. How long it will take to restore the building is unknown.