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Officials say up to 30 people dead in fire that collapsed a Russian shopping center

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MOSCOW — Russian emergency officials say five people are confirmed dead and 25 more are missing and presumed dead after a shopping center in the city of Kazan collapsed in a fire.

Officials said Thursday that the toll of missing is based on reports from relatives and workers in the shopping center, 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow.

PHOTO: Firefighters extinguish a fire at a shopping mall in Kazan,  720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. One of Kazan's largest shopping malls and adjoining kiosks in the city's Kirov district have been heavily damaged by the blaze that raged for hours on Wednesday. According to local press reports, one person, a 28-year-old woman, died in the blaze, while 22 people have been burnt, most of them when trying to save their merchandise. (AP Photo/Nikolay Alexandrov)
Firefighters extinguish a fire at a shopping mall in Kazan, 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. One of Kazan's largest shopping malls and adjoining kiosks in the city's Kirov district have been heavily damaged by the blaze that raged for hours on Wednesday. According to local press reports, one person, a 28-year-old woman, died in the blaze, while 22 people have been burnt, most of them when trying to save their merchandise. (AP Photo/Nikolay Alexandrov)

Forty people were injured in the blaze.

Regional emergency services head Igor Panshin was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying "the hope of finding survivors under the shopping center debris has been abandoned."

The cause of the fire that began Wednesday has not been determined.

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