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Two Detained In Connection With Deadly Russian Fire

13 July 2005 -- Prosecutors in Komi in northern Russia say they have detained two men in connection with a fatal fire and explosion earlier in the week.

The fire and explosion in Ukhta killed 24 people on 11 July.

Yuri Knyazev, of the Komi regional prosecutor's office, said also that a criminal investigation into possible negligence by local fire inspectors had been opened. He said that officials found an emergency exit was locked and windows had immovable bars on them. He said that inspectors noted the violations in 2002, but had failed to supervise their correction.

Witnesses had reported two teenagers fleeing from the scene. Knyazev said, however, that the two people detained today were adults.


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