AT LEAST one person has been killed and two were left injured after a large fire broke out at a Russian FSB service building near the Ukraine border.
The inferno was ignited after "explosions detonated ammunition" in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, this morning.
Footage showed large flames and thick smoke from the blaze as it consumed the Federal Security Service facility.
It has no been confirmed how the initial explosion was caused.
But reports said follow up explosions continued from possible ammunition stored inside the secret services building.
According to Russian news agency Tass, as a result of the fire one person is dead and two more were injured with the toll of casualties expected to increase.
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People from neighbouring buildings have been evacuated.
A Russian law enforcement source said: "The brick building is completely on fire.
"Fuel tanks are burning near the ammunition."
Local media also reported eyewitnesses claimed to watch the moment the building caught on fire.
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A witness said: "It exploded just now right in front of my eyes.
"I was chatting on the phone when it exploded.
"Windows all flew out, everything collapsed.
"I think some must be injured inside there.
"The explosion was so strong the rooftop rose up and fell back.
"Something big exploded inside there.
"F***ing hell – there are servicemen inside there."
Another witness added: "Ammunition is detonating in the warehouse at intervals of five to ten seconds."
The Kremlin reportedly fears the spate of explosions and fires may be caused by sabotage by people opposed to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
Ukrainian intelligence chief, Major-General Kyrylo Budanov told Forbes last month that Russia was seeing a lot of explosions and fires.
He said: "Much of this is no accident.
"Something is constantly on fire [in Russia]."
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In February, a massive inferno ripped through a street near a Russian weapons lab.
According to local reports, the fire was in close proximity to the Research Institute of Precision Instruments, which is part of Russia's state space agency.
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