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Five children and two adults from one family killed in fire tragedy in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
31 March 2014

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.

Comments (1)

poor innocent children, what a loss
May, China
01/04/2014 10:48

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