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Fire rages at Moscow Conservatoire on eve of Tchaikovsky finals

June 30, 2015 by norman lebrecht

4 comments.


Moscow Conservatory was on fire on the evening before the last night of Tchaikovsky Competition finals. No casualties have been reported. Tchaikovsky judge Peter Donohoe reports from Moscow:

It seemed to be coming from one second floor room and had only spread to one further room, but of course I was not able to see properly. The Russian fire service was certainly out in force – lots of fire engines, an ambulance, the road closed right down towards Red Square and what seemed like miles of hose. However, there was no sign of anyone hurt. The problem will be the smoke and smell after it has been put out; its effect tomorrow on the final could be considerable. We will have to see.

Moscow Conservatory has had devastating fires in the past. This will be nothing like that. But it is so sad to see such a beautiful building, in which such beautiful things happen, going through this. in fact, it is horrible; I would really appreciate it if we could resist the urge to post trivial and silly comments.

You can watch video here.

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UPDATE: Here is the official report:

On June 30 at 00:07 a.m. [Moscow time] the Centre for Crisis Management of the Main Department of Russian Emergencies Ministry in Moscow received a call that a fire had broken out in the administrative building on Bolshaya Nikitskaya street 13, building 1. The first 1. The first fire rescue units arrived at the specified location by 00:10 a.m. The fire was on the 2nd floor of the building in an area of 70 square metres. Due to skillful actions by the fire rescue troops, 35 people were evacuated.

At 00:14 a.m. the fire was rated as “rank 2” [out of 5], which was later cancelled, after the allocation of rescue forces.
As a result of the coordinated and timely actions of fire rescue units, the fire was contained by 2:59 a.m. and extinguished at 3:25 a.m. A personnel of 92 people and 26 technical units was involved in this operation.
No casualties have been reported.

h/t: Daina Svabe

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Comments (4)

  1. Mahlerfan says:

    Were they playing the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, it’s marked Allegro con fuoco, fast with fire.

    1. Harold Lewis says:

      Sorry, Peter – not every reader can resist silliness and puerile triviality.

      1. Peter Donohoe says:

        Thank you Howard. It is astonishing under these circumstances.

  2. Olaugh Turchev says:

    After Inion library, Novodevichy… another coincidence…


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