One girl was killed and three kids are fighting for their lives after a fire at a Lord of the Rings themed holiday camp in Russia
Terrified children fled from burning tents at a Lord of the Rings-themed holiday camp, leaving one girl dead and three more gravely injured with severe burns.
One child sent a chilling video home showing the inferno in eastern Russia with the message: “Mum, we’ve got a problem here.”
There was panic as children fled in their underwear and nightclothes from the burning tents as large flames swept through the crammed camp site.
The dead girl was named as 11-year-old Sonya Valova.
Three children Elizaveta, 12, Veronika, 13, and Alexey, 11, reportedly suffered severe burns, with one source saying the trio were “balancing on the very edge” and on artificial respirators.
It is claimed Elizaveta sustained 90 per cent skin injuries.
The 2am inferno was at a summer camp at Holdomi ski resort, some 25 miles from Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Khabarovsk region.
It is believed to have started when drying clothes on an electric heater caught fire.
Twenty out of 26 tents were totally destroyed by the raging fire at the camp which accommodated 189 children.
The camp was themed on Lord of the Rings, and organised games were linked to the famous story.
One child sent a haunting video home showing the flames with his frightened voice saying: ‘Mum, we’ve got a problem here.’
Latest reports said one child had died, four were in hospital – three of them in ‘extremely grave’ conditions, and five more needed medical help.
Viktor Starkov, head of Solnechny District, where the camp is located, said: “Three children are in extremely grave conditions, balancing on the very edge.
“They have severe burns, they are on artificial lungs ventilation.”
One parent said: “The fire began soon after 2am in one of the tents.
“According to a girl from the camp, the clothes were drying on an air heater.
“It was cold at night, and many used such heaters.
“The fire immediately caught all inside the tent.”
The flames rapidly spread to other tents.
Group leaders evacuated the children but sources said camp staff tried to fight the fire themselves before calling the emergency services and in doing so lost valuable time, reported The Siberian Times .
“All their belongings were burnt in the fire, and children ran out in their pyjamas,” said the parent.
“Many were barefoot. We came to pick up our child soon after 3am… parents keep coming.”
Children and their parents were given psychological assistance after the fire.
A criminal investigation is expected into the disaster.
One lawyer Mikhail Slepsov said there appeared to have been multiple safety violations and he expected tough punishments for the camp owners.