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Fire engulfs unoccupied 40-story apartment building in Russian region of Chechnya

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    A local resident makes photos with a mobile phone of a fire in a high-rise apartment building in provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. French actor Gerard Depardieu reportedly received an apartment in the complex of buildings as a gift from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)The Associated Press

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    A fire rages in a high-rise apartment building in provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. French actor Gerard Depardieu reportedly received an apartment in the complex of buildings as a gift from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. People are not living in the building yet. ( AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)The Associated Press

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    A fire rages in a high-rise apartment building in provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. French actor Gerard Depardieu reportedly received an apartment in the complex of buildings as a gift from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. People are not living in the building yet. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)The Associated Press

Fire has engulfed an unoccupied 40-story apartment building under construction in Chechnya, a once war-torn republic in southern Russia.

Emergency officials say 30 people were evacuated Wednesday but that no one was injured. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The building is part of a complex of high-rises under construction in the center of Grozny, the Chechen capital.

One of the apartments in a neighboring 27-story building belongs to French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was presented with the keys when he visited Grozny in February.

Depardieu visited shortly after receiving Russian citizenship and was welcomed by Chechnya's strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

With lavish funding from Moscow, Kadyrov has been rebuilding Grozny, which was reduced to rubble during Chechnya's two separatist wars against Russia in the 1990s.