MOSCOW, June 1 (Reuters) - Eight people were killed when fire swept through a wooden house in the city of Khabarovsk in Russia's Far East, RIA news agency reported on Sunday.
The fire gutted the single-storey building on Saturday, a police official told the agency. "The hostess, her daughter, son-in-law and five of their acquaintances died in the fire," he said. All were believed to have been drinking, he added.
Alcoholism, coupled with poisoning by low-quality and bootleg liquor, remains one of post-Soviet Russia's most serious problems. Thousands of people die in accidents or drunken brawls each year. (Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Andrew Dobbie)