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Eight Dead In Apartment Fire In Russian City Of Yekaterinburg

Firefighters work at the site of the fire in Yekaterinburg on January 12.

YEKATERINBURG, Russia – A fire raced through a nine-story apartment building in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, killing eight people, including a child.

Emergency officials in the Sverdlovsk region said on January 12 that the cause of the fire in the residential building overnight remained unknown.

According to preliminary data, the blaze started in an apartment on the second floor and smoke quickly filled the building, making it impossible for many residents on upper floors to escape.

Firefighters managed to rescue 90 people, including nine children, from the building. The eight residents who lost their lives were found in apartments on the second, fifth and ninth floors, officials said.

The regional prosecutor's office said that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

Deadly fires caused by violations of safety regulations or faulty wiring are common in Russia.

Two days earlier, a fire at a private nursing home in western Siberia killed seven people.

Less than a month ago, a fire in a private retirement house in the Bashkortostan region killed 11 people.