Woman dies alone after 11 years of agony following nightclub fire that killed 156

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A woman has died alone after a devastating nightclub fire that killed 156 people and left her suffering in agony for 11 years.

Irina Pekarskaya was 33 when she was trapped in the crowded Lame Horse in Perm, Russia, when fireworks exploded inside the popular nightspot.

Many dozens were burned alive in the inferno after the roof caught fire.

It has been described as Russia’s worst 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.

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