A worrying incident occurred in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, as a huge fire broke out at a football stadium in Russia being built for next year’s World Cup.
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Stroytransgaz, the engineer building the 45,000-situate stadia, said in a statement that the fire began at 1.30pm the local time in the stadium’s stands after a welding sparkle touched off polystyrene debris.
According to the statement: “The episode has no effect on the on-going construction and the due date for the stadium’s completion.”
A representative for the neighborhood office of Russia’s emergencies service disclosed to Reuters that authorities were probing the reason for the fire outbreak.
She included that the fire had been put out quickly and did not prompt any setbacks.
Footage of the fire circulated by Russian media showed thick smoke rising from the venue, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
The fire is the third blast reported to have hit World Cup venues under construction in Russia since June.
This came hours after FIFA said Russia was on track with its arrangements to host the World Cup but still more work to be done.