Russian dorm fire kills 18

Nov. 23, 2003 at 11:03 PM
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MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- An early morning dormitory fire at a Moscow university Monday killed at least 18 students and injured 80 others.

Many of the victims were foreign students at Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University, Interfax news service reported. Several students suffered injuries jumping out of windows to escape the flames.

The quickly spreading fire engulfed the second, third and fourth floors of the dormitory, Interfax said.

A total of 50 fire teams fought the blaze for more than two hours and 27 ambulances were at the scene.

The university, named for a Congolese revolutionary, was founded by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1960.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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