Inferno breaks out at ‘top secret Russian research centre behind signal-jamming tech’ as horrifying images show people leaping eight floors to their death to escape flames

  • Explosions heard inside the building as 100 firefighters battled to rescue victims
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An inferno has ripped through what is believed to be a top secret research centre in Russia, with horrifying pictures showing people jumping and falling from the burning building.

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.

Black smoke billows into the sky above the high-rise building in Fryazino, near Moscow

Disturbing pictures show people on a window ledge of the building before jumping out

Disturbing pictures show people on a window ledge of the building before jumping out 

Firefighters work to put out a huge blaze at a high-rise building in the town of Fryazino in the Moscow region

Firefighters work to put out a huge blaze at a high-rise building in the town of Fryazino in the Moscow region

The building was gutted by the flames with firefighters struggling to bring the fire under control

The building was gutted by the flames with firefighters struggling to bring the fire under control

The fire had spread to 43,000 square feet, according to reports, gutting the vast building

The fire had spread to 43,000 square feet, according to reports, gutting the vast building

Smoke pours out of the high-rise building

Bystanders look on as smoke pours out of the building

Bystanders looked on helplessly as smoke poured out of the high-rise building

Chilling pictures appear to show workers looking out helplessly through a smashed window

Chilling pictures appear to show workers looking out helplessly through a smashed window

Fire and smoke billow from a burning administrative building in Fryazino in the Moscow Region

Fire and smoke billow from a burning administrative building in Fryazino in the Moscow Region

However, Russia’s state-owned electronics holding reported that the building has no relation to the Platan Research Institute or the defence industry, claiming that ‘in the late 90s it became private property.’ 

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.

Chilling pictures also appeared to show workers looking out helplessly through a smashed window as they await rescue.

The fire had spread to 43,000 square feet, according to reports, gutting the vast building.

It was unclear why there was such a slow response to use helicopter fire fighters to deluge the building with water.

Russia has suffered an extraordinary array of fires this year amid the war in Ukraine.

Last year, a huge fire burned down an online shopping warehouse in St Petersburg used as a location for recruiting migrant workers for Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

In another incident in March, a major fire tore through a factory producing engines. 

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