Firemen save 20 from fire near Kremlin

2012-04-23 18:26

Moscow - Russian authorities say rescue workers have saved 20 people from the rooftop of a burning building in Moscow.

The Emergency Situations Ministry says fire-fighters used ladders on Monday to save the people trapped on the roof of the eight-storey building, which sits about 1km from the Kremlin.

The building is undergoing reconstruction and is to house a hotel. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately clear.

The fire sent plumes of smoke high into the air. The city fire department has scrambled more than a dozen fire engines to extinguish the blaze.