Eleven dead in wooden building fire in Russia


Moscow, A fire broke out in a single-storey wooden building in the village of Prichulymsky in Russia’s Tomsk region, killing at least 11 people, the regional department of the Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. Earlier in the morning, the confirmed number of deaths in the fire was six, but this figure has since been revised, Sputnik reported.

"As of 07:03 hrs (04:03 GMT), eleven bodies have been recovered," the news agency quoted the ministry as saying, citing the statement.

The Tomsk regional branch of the Russian Investigative Committee announced the opening of criminal proceedings into the fire.

A representative of the regional emergency services told Sputnik that the victims may be foreign nationals. In the blaze, two people managed to escape unhurt.

The Tomsk regional Governor, Sergey Zhvachkin, is monitoring the situation at an operational headquarters established in connection with the incident.