January 21, 2020 / 7:38 AM / a month ago

Fire kills Uzbek laborers in Siberian village

Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a fire that broke out at a wooden building in the settlement of Prichulymsky in Tomsk region, Russia January 21, 2020. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A fire killed 11 people, most of them laborers from Uzbekistan, in a wooden building in Siberia early on Tuesday, emergency services and Russian news agencies said.

Two people managed to escape the flames that destroyed the single-storey building in a village in the region of Tomsk, officials said.

Many of the dead had been working at a logging plant, according to the TASS news agency.

The fire was probably caused by a short-circuit in a heater, an emergency services official said, according to the RIA news agency.

Ten of the dead were Uzbek nationals and one was a Russian woman, RIA said.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens

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