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Death toll in fire near Yekaterinburg rises to eight

January 20, 2013, 10:24 UTC+3
The firefighters, who arrived to the site, saw a burning one-storey administrative building in Sibirka Street
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YEKATERINBURG, January 20 (Itar-Tass) – The death toll in the fire near Yekaterinburg grew to eight.

The local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry received information about the fire at 06:23 local time /04:23 Moscow time/. The firefighters, who arrived to the site, saw a burning one-storey administrative building in Sibirka Street. At 08:41 /06:41 Moscow time/, the open fire was extinguished. During the debris cleaning, eight people were found dead.

Investigators, experts of fire research laboratory, the police and prosecutors continue working at the site. Preliminary information says the dead were members of a construction team.

The investigation is underway.

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