Man held for Russian disco fire

2010-09-02 19:07

Barcelona - Spanish police have arrested a Russian businessman suspected of being responsible for a fire that killed more than 150 people at a Russian nightclub last year, they said on Thursday.

Konstantin Mrykhin was arrested near his home in the north eastern city of Barcelona, they said in a statement.

He was the commercial director of The Lame Horse restaurant and club in the Russian town of Perm.

The club went up in flames on the night of December 4 last year after fireworks ignited the wooden decor and ceiling.

People inside the club were trapped as illegal construction had made the emergency exits inaccessible, according to the Russian authorities.

A total of 156 people were killed in the blaze.