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Death toll rises to four in Khabarovsk children camp fire tragedy

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 July 2019

Hero boy Alexander, 11 who was rescuing other children dies from severe burns.

Alexander, 11, who gave his life rescueing another child came to summer camp only two days ago 

Alexander Martynenko had every chance to survive when the fire started - but instead he ran in the middle of burning tents inferno to pull others to safety. 

‘He lived in tent 12 and instead of rushing out he was seen running towards tent 16 where the fire began. 

‘His hair was on fire, as well as his arms and legs, he was screaming from pain but he continued to pull a wounded girl from under a collapsing tent. Her hair and clothes were on fire’, said a shocked eye-witness Lilia Dautova. 

Alexander, who came to summer camp two days ago was rushed to local hospital with severe skin burns.

Despite the best effort from the medical team the hero boy died several hours later. 

Death toll rises to four in Khabarovsk children camp fire tragedy


Death toll rises to four in Khabarovsk children camp fire tragedy


Death toll rises to four in Khabarovsk children camp fire tragedy

Alexander with mother Svetlana, Irina Dyachkova and Sofia Valova


Three other victims were identified as Sofia Valova and Elizaveta Bezrukova, both 11, and Veronika Strypina, 12. 

Five group leaders, all in their late teens, stayed put by their panicking children helping them to evacuate as the fire was engulfing the camp. They all received bad skin burns.

Two men in charge of running the camp - Maxim Kuznetsov and Vitaly Burlakov - were detained by Russian Investigative Committee. 

Prime Minister Medvedev exploded with rage at the region’s governor Sergey Furgal who said that he didn’t know about the camp. 

‘I see that governor Furgal said no-one knew about the camp, it was a private camp. What did you mean you didn’t know?! Whose duty was it to know then?! - Medvedev said during a meeting with vice prime ministers as he ordered local authorities to carry every possible check into circumstances of the fire. 

The fire in the camp with nearly 200 children aged from 7 to 15 started overnight from Monday to Tuesday. 

A three days long mourning will be held to commemorate the children that perished in the tragedy.

Two men in charge of running the camp - Maxim Kuznetsov and Vitaly Burlakov - were detained by Russian Investigative Committee

Death toll rises to four in Khabarovsk children camp fire tragedy


Death toll rises to four in Khabarovsk children camp fire tragedy

Comments (6)

This young boys bravery is absolutely incredible and inspiring. His story has spread across the world. May we aspire to lead and behave as Alexander did, he is a hero. May time bring peace to those who lost children and may everyone know from this day forward that Alexander did not die in vain but as an example for the entire world. Thank you for your sacrifice
William Harper, Chicago USA
28/07/2019 18:16
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I have read over the years of the unbelievable bravery of Russian children.I know this young man will be safe in the after life
Alex, Sweden
27/07/2019 15:36
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further on to this article... the operator said, his camp was WELL KNOWN TO THE AUTHORITIES.and nothing was illegal. He himself was advised which kinds of tents to buy, by local authorities. and he went to St,Petersburg to buy such tents, with certificates and guarantees, ISSUED BY AN AUTHORITY ONE WOULD THINK KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING. the tents were not supposed to burn like tinder as they did. were the certificates a fake? was only maybe one tent tested, and the rest was crap? one item so far never came up. why did the tents begin to burn in the beginning? did kids play with open fire? candles? lets just hope that the whole truth and nothing but the truth will come out in the end.And EVERYBODY responsible, wherever, and for whatever reason, will face the judge and prosecutor. And NOT get away with just a fine or warning! the fish begins to stink from the head first.And should be also cleaned from the head down. not from the tail up. as it is done so often. and not only i nRussia.
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
25/07/2019 09:08
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Sad indeed. Regardless of the negligence, and amidst all the terrible news about the direction of humanity, stories like this lights a candle of hope in my heart. Maybe this young brave generation can save us all. Rest In Peace little angel, Alexander, we will miss you.
Botak, Almaty, Kazakhstan
24/07/2019 13:55
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further to this article, there is an interesting link (and article) here...while it is in original Russian langauge, we are in Russia after all, Google Chrome will automatically translate, if sett this way.https://www.rbc.ru/society/23/07/2019/5d3734f39a794726c621da26?from=from_main
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
24/07/2019 07:16
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the - operator - of this illegal erected place was arrested. but one can not tell me he can put up such a camp for many weeks and months and the local authorities did not know about it? THEY should be brought to account as well! and answer to the parents... RIP kids! and my condolences, not that it will make it easier for them, to their families. BUT did they know what was going on there? and send their kids anyway?
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
24/07/2019 07:12
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