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Four children die in fire on private household in East Siberian city

January 15, 2013, 7:57 UTC+3
The children’s parents were in a state of heavy alcoholic intoxication and they got out of the burning building through a window
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KRASNOYARSK, January 15 (Itar-Tass) — A fire that broke out in a private residential house in the town of Yeniseisk, Krasnoyarsk territory in East Siberia, claimed the lives of four children aged two to fifteen years old.

Their mother was admitted to a city hospital with heavy burns.

The press service of the territorial branch of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ said the blaze broke out in a one-story wooden building. By the time the rescue workers arrived the house had been engulfed by fire and the flame had spread to barns in the yard.

Bodies of four children – boys aged eleven and fifteen years old and girls aged twelve and two years old – were found in the building when the fire was extinguished.

“Neighbors of the family said there was no possibility to rescue the children, since the residential space of the house was fully consumed by fire,” an EMERCOM spokesman said. “The children’s parents were in a state of heavy alcoholic intoxication and they got out of the burning building through a window.”

“The mother of the family was taken to an intensive care ward of a city hospital in Lesosibirsk with severe burns and the father didn’t suffer,” he said.

A group of operatives and investigators working at the site of the tragedy is expected to produce an answer to what caused the fatal accident – a faulty stove heating, a short circuit or negligence on the part of the grownups.

EMERCOM has dispatched psychologists to the site to render assistance to the relatives of the dead children.

 

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