Blaze and gas explosion near Tyumen kills five children aged under nine years of age.
An independent investigation has been ordered into the death of the five children. Picture: NTV
The wooden house was engulfed in flames after the children went to bed, said investigators. The family had been commemorating a late relative, with adults drinking alcohol until late into the night. Two adults escaped from the fire.
'Among the casualties are five children - two girls, born in 2008 and 2012, and three boys, born in 2006, 2007 and 2010,' said a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee. 'The bodies of two women, born in 1959 and 1988, were discovered as rescuers cleared the debris.'
All the dead were relatives, said police.
Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has ordered an independent investigation into the death of the five children.
The fire was in Kosmakovo village of Yarkovsky district, Tyumen region. It took an hour to extinguish the blaze.
Events highlight the scourge of terrorism and the unity of Russians in the face of the cruel attack on children and parents.