Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a fire that broke out at a wooden building in the settlement of Prichulymsky in Tomsk region, Russia January 21, 2020. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
January 21, 2020
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A fire killed 11 people, most of them laborers from Uzbekistan, in a wooden building in Siberia early on Tuesday, emergency services and Russian news agencies said.
Two people managed to escape the flames that destroyed the single-storey building in a village in the region of Tomsk, officials said.
Many of the dead had been working at a logging plant, according to the TASS news agency.
The fire was probably caused by a short-circuit in a heater, an emergency services official said, according to the RIA news agency.
Ten of the dead were Uzbek nationals and one was a Russian woman, RIA said.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens)
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