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Moscow fire kills seven, injures five

May 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, May 18 (UPI) -- Seven people have been killed and at least five others injured in a fire at a Moscow apartment building that was home to migrant workers, officials said.

The blaze broke out Tuesday morning, Moscow time, in a ramshackle three-story building near the Kropotkinskaya metro station, The Moscow Times reported.

Firefighters managed to save 20 residents.

Five of them, including two children, were hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. ITAR-Tass Wednesday said authorities had opened a criminal case in the investigation of the fire.

The building housed nationals of Russia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

A city hall source said the building has been scheduled for demolition since 2003.

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