Huge blaze prompts massive evacuation at St. Petersburg mall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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                        <strong>Around 800 shoppers were forced to flee a mall in the Russian city of St. Petersburg when a massive fire broke out inside. Pictures have emerged on social media showing plumes of smoke billowing from the burning building.</strong>

        One of the buildings of the popular supermarket chain, &lsquo;Lenta,&rsquo; was engulfed by flames at around 8am local time on Saturday. The inferno raged across an area almost the size of a football field &ndash; around 5,000 square meters &ndash; according to TASS.

The 24-hour shop was open at the time of the incident. Media reported that one person was injured, but this has yet to be confirmed by the emergency services.

Emergency services told the media that the fire may have started on the roof of the building, which subsequently collapsed.

Locals took to social media to share dramatic pictures and footage of the blaze. Plumes of thick, black smoke could be seen from various parts of the city.