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Fire In Mountains Near Almaty Kills Three People

Firefighting operations by Kazakh emergency services are still under way. (file photo)

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A massive fire in the mountains near Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, has killed three people.

The Interior Ministry said on August 6 that two local residents and a forest ranger were killed a day earlier while taking part in a fire-extinguishing operation in the Panfilov district.

According to the ministry, seven people have been hospitalized with severe burns in the town of Zharkent.

Firefighting operations by emergency-service brigades, police, and volunteers near the village of Taldy are still under way.

According to the ministry, the fire might have been caused by extremely hot weather.

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