A woman has died after spending 11 years in agony following a nightclub fire that has left 157 dead and burned dozens alive.
The devastating inferno, classed as Russia’s worst fire left the woman, then 33, suffering in excruciating pain due to her severe injuries.
Irina Pekarskaya was trapped in the crowded Lame Horse, a popular nightclub in Perm, Russia when it caught fire.
The blaze was caused by fireworks which had exploded inside the venue.
Many dozens were burned alive in the inferno after the roof caught fire.
Mother-of-two Irina tragically has become the 157th victim and died alone because of coronavirus restrictions.
She had sustained 60 percent burns to her lungs, toxic brain damage and a jaw fracture in the inferno.
She was paralysed, unable to speak, and her legs and arms atrophied.
In the aftermath of the horror she was taken to Germany for treatment, but later endured an agonising and debilitating battle over her appalling injuries back in Russia.
“Seven years after the fire she burst into tears when she saw her two sons for the first time,” said her mother Galina, 71.
Her family were unable to bid farewell because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Irina has had nothing but suffering all these 11 years.”
She added: “I want to remember her as she was when she was alive.
Her partner Sergey Kolpakov, then 49, had gone out for a cigarette and survived the catastrophe.
For several years he desperately sought to raise money for her treatment.
The appalling fire was one of Russia’s worst tragedies since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The victims crushed each other to death and suffocated after the fire tore through the popular Lame Horse nightclub in Perm at 1am, filling the crowded barracks-like building with thick black smoke.