Wednesday 28 September 2016

Three children amongst 12 dead in Moscow workshop fire

Published 31/01/2016 | 11:18

Firefighters and investigators work at the site of a fire in a Moscow factory on January 31, 2016. At least 12 people, including three children, perished in a fire in a Moscow factory that caused the roof to collapse, Russian authorities said on January 31
Firefighters and investigators work at the site of a fire in a Moscow factory on January 31, 2016. At least 12 people, including three children, perished in a fire in a Moscow factory that caused the roof to collapse, Russian authorities said on January 31
Investigators work at the site of a fire in a Moscow factory on January 31, 2016. At least 12 people, including three children, perished in a fire in a Moscow factory that caused the roof to collapse, Russian authorities said on January 31

A fire at a textile workshop in Moscow has killed 12 people, including three children.

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The blaze erupted late on Saturday in north-eastern Moscow, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

It engulfed an area of 3,000 square metres. The Committee said arson is one of the possible causes.

Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov confirmed three children including a baby were among those who died. He said the victims were migrant workers who lived next to their workplace.

It took several dozen fire engines a few hours to extinguish the blaze and investigators are continuing to rummage through the rubble for evidence.

Press Association

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