A man was killed after a huge fire ravaged a shopping center on the northwestern outskirts of Moscow on Friday.

Authorities said the fire at the OBI store, part of the MEGA shopping center in Khimki outside the Russian capital, was started by welding which apparently violated safety regulations.

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The massive fire erupted before the mall opened its doors to customers, engulfing the entire 183,000-square-foot building.

Smoke rises from the OBI shopping center in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia December 9, 2022. A huge fire has destroyed a shopping center on the outskirts of Moscow, killing one man.
(AP Photo/Kirill Zarubin)

Officials initially said arson may have been involved, but later said it was due to unsafe welds.

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An investigation has been launched into the possible violation of safety regulations.

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