Russian nightclub fire kills at least 107

People lay flowers outside the Lame Horse nightclub where a fire broke late Friday, in Perm, about 700 miles (1,200 kilometers) east of Moscow, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Authorities said more than 100 people died and over a hundred injured. The fire tore through the popular Lame Horse nightclub in Perm late Friday, after fireworks set a suspended plastic ceiling ablaze, filling the crowded club with thick black smoke. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

December 5, 2009 2:52:42 PM PST
President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday demanded that Russia tighten its notoriously lax fire codes after the deadliest blaze since the Soviet era killed at least 107 people celebrating in a nightclub with a decorative twig ceiling and single exit.

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