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House Fire Kills Nine In Russia's Bashkortostan Region

The fire broke out early in the morning on August 7.

Russian authorities say five children are among nine people who have been killed in an early-morning house fire in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

The regional Health Ministry said that the fire broke out at a home in the village of Uguzevo at about 2 a.m. local time on August 7.

Firefighters rescued three people, two of whom were hospitalized, the ministry said. It said the fire was put out by 6:30 a.m.

The regional branch of the Russian Investigative Committee said that an electrical wiring defect might have caused the fire.

Bashkortostan’s government declared August 7 a day of mourning for the victims.

With reporting by Interfax and TASS