8 KILLED as fire breaks out at ‘secret Russian research centre’ – people leap out of windows to escape

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An inferno ripped through a top secret research centre in Russia, with horrifying pictures showing people jumping and falling from the burning building.

NUMBER OF VICTIMS

Reports citing the emergency services say at least eight people were killed in the fire-ravaged high-rise. 

Russian media reports that one man jumped and another fell to his death from the eight-storey block, while Shot media reported that as many as four had jumped from high windows.

One of the men who fell had already suffered horrific burns. The fate of the others was not immediately clear.

Explosions were heard inside the burning block as 100 firefighters battled to rescue people trapped within the building, which is in Fryazino, near Moscow.

The building is thought to house the Platan Research Institute – which develops radio-electronic systems used by Russia’s Defence Ministry to jam signals, Newsweek reports.

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WHAT CAUSED THE INFERNO?

One theory behind what caused the fire is that gas cylinders inside the scientific institute had exploded, though the cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

Harrowing footage showed people struggling to escape smoke and fire, with victims seen emerging before throwing themselves off the building in a bid to escape.

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