Building Owner Arrested for Deadly Russian Mall Fire

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mall fireKazan -- The building owner of the Russian mall that experienced a deadly fire has been arrested.

A spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee, Elvira Gazizova, told reporters that Robert Khairullin, Director General of AS Management Company has been arrested and is being detained.

Khairullin was charged with violation of fire safety rules, abuse of position, forgery, and providing services not corresponding safety regulations.  The chairman of the board, Aleksei Syomin, is also under investigation.

The death toll on the mall fire has officially reached 17.  The search for the missing is still ongoing.