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DNA analysis to be used to identify victims of Yamal fire in northwestern Russia

February 09, 2015, 11:50 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG YEKATERINBURG February, 9. /TASS
The bodies of six Serb workers are severely burnt, and they can be identified only by DNA testing, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee’s regional department, Yelena Demyanova, says
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YEKATERINBURG, February 9. /TASS/. DNA analyses will be used to identify Serb workers who died in an oil station fire in the northwest Russian Yamal-Nenets region, an Investigative Committee official said.

The bodies are severely burnt, and they can be identified only by DNA testing. For identification, relatives of the victims will arrive in Yamal soon, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee’s regional department, Yelena Demyanova, told TASS on Monday, adding that the Serbian Consulate General would deal with organizational issues for their arrival.

Russia’s oil pipelines operator Transneft declined to give comments to TASS.

Six citizens of Serbia died in a fire at an oil station of the Transneft company in the northwest Siberian region.

The fire broke out in a wooden building located at an oil station on the Severo-Purovskoye oil field at about midnight local time (22:00 Moscow time) on February 7, killing six workers.

An investigation was launched, the press service of the Investigative Committee’s regional department said.

The Emergencies Ministry said 19 people with the use of four fire engines fought the blaze that spread over 840 square meters.

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