Image: The mother of nightclub fire victim is comforted by relatives during a burial ceremony at a cemetery outside Perm
Denis Sinyakov  /  Reuters
The mother of Liliya Kalashnikova, 30, a victim of Lame Horse nightclub fire, is comforted by relatives during a burial ceremony at a cemetery outside Perm, on Monday.
updated 12/6/2009 6:28:35 AM ET 2009-12-06T11:28:35

Shocked residents of the Urals city of Perm laid carnations Sunday at the snowy scene of a cordoned-off nightclub where officials say at least 112 people died in a fire.

The blaze, in the early hours of Saturday, was thought to be sparked by fireworks that shot into the decorative twig ceiling of the Lame Horse nightclub during a pyrotechnics show. Nearly 100 were killed on the spot, and some 130 were hospitalized, many in critical condition.

Many victims were trapped in a panicked crush for the exit as they attempted to escape the flames and thick black smoke.

Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Darya Kochneva said Sunday the latest victim was a man who died of severe burns in a Moscow hospital where he was flown for treatment after the fire.

Anger at club’s management
Mourning residents are indignant over what they call negligence on the part of the club's management, which President Dmitry Medvedev also criticized in a nationally televised videoconference on Saturday.

Officials said club managers had ignored repeated demands from authorities to change the interior to comply with fire safety standards. Authorities quickly arrested two registered co-owners of the club, its managing director and two other suspects. One other suspect was injured in the fire and remains in critical condition.

Medvedev demanded that lawmakers draft changes to toughen the criminal punishment for failing to comply with fire safety standards.

Enforcement of fire safety standards is infamously poor in Russia and there have been several catastrophic blazes at drug-treatment facilities, nursing homes, apartment buildings and nightclubs in recent years. The nation records up to 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per-capita rate in the United States and other Western countries.

Monday has been designated a national day of mourning, with entertainment events and television programs cancelled.

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  1. Framed portraits and candles are placed at the site of a fire that killed 112 people at the Lame Horse nightclub, in downtown Perm, Russia, on Dec. 7, 2009. Russia is holding a day of mourning for the victims with memorial services being held across the country. The blaze is believed to be Russia's deadliest fire since the fall of the Soviet Union. (Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The mother of Russian night club fire victim Liliya Kalashnikova cries during her daughter's funeral outside Perm, on Monday. Victims of the Russian nightclub blaze continue to be buried, with angry mourners claiming lax oversight by authorities led to one of the country's worst recent tragedies. (Dmitry Kostyukov / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. People light candles during a commemorative service for victims of the Russian nightclub fire at the Cathedral of Life-giving Trinity, in Perm, on Sunday. (Denis Sinyakov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Grieving relatives of Timur Parfiliev, a victim of a nightclub fire, are seen at a cemetery in Perm, on Sunday. (Mikhail Metzel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Family members are seen at the funeral of 23-year-old Timur Parfiliev on Sunday. (Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Grieving relatives of victims killed the nightclub fire read posted names of bodies taken to the morgue. (Mikhail Metzel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. People lay flowers outside the Lame Horse nightclub. The blaze is believed to be Russia's deadliest fire since the fall of the Soviet Union. (Misha Japaridze / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Police guard the entrance of the nightclub. (Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Relatives embrace after identifying a loved one killed in the club blaze. (Denis Sinyakov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, speaks to officials about the tragedy in Perm. In discussing the club managers, Medvedev said, "They have neither brains, nor conscience," and urged the toughest possible punishment. He declared a national day of mourning on Monday. (Dmitry Astakhov / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Rescuers help victims on board a flying hospital on the way from the Perm airport to Moscow. (Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. People read another list prepared with names of the injured who were taken to the hospital. (Mikhail Metzel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. An official from the Emergency Ministry of Russia stands before weeping relatives who identified family members. (Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Relatives wait to identify bodies at a local morgue. (Denis Sinyakov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Emergency doctors carry a victim to a plane at the Perm airport. (Misha Japaridze / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Rescuers carry fire victims away from the scene. (Perm Regional Headquarters via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. In this image from amateur video, a woman, right, looks around as fire and smoke start to fill a packed nightclub in Perm on Friday, Dec. 4. A host is seen talking. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Amateur videotape shows the beginning of the Lame Horse nightclub fire. (NTV viu EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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