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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

5 killed by house fire in Russia: report

A fire in a wooden house in central Russia, kills five people including two children, and injuring 10 others.

world Updated: May 01, 2008 14:39 IST
Amie Ferris-Rotman
Amie Ferris-Rotman

A fire has ripped through a wooden residential home in central Russia, killing five people including two children, and injuring 10 others, Russian media reported on Thursday.

RIA Novosti news agency said the fire broke out on Wednesday in the town of Poshekhon in the Yaroslavl region, about 250 kilometres northeast of Moscow.

"The causes of the fire are unknown... Five died, and more than ten were injured. There is a one-year-old and seven-year-old amongst the dead," the agency said, quoting a source at the local law enforcement agency.

Gas explosions have become commonplace in Russia's Soviet-era apartment buildings. More than a dozen people have been killed since January of this year in suspected gas explosions across the country.