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A fire at a sawmill in a village in Russia's Siberia killed 11 people and injured two more on Tuesday morning, emergency officials said. One person remains unaccounted-for.
Ten victims were identified as Uzbek nationals and one as a Tajik.
The fire broke out in a single-story wooden building rented by an unnamed Chinese company and used as a dormitory for the sawmill workers, local authorities said. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than two hours.
A total of 14 people — Uzbek, Tajik and Chinese nationals — lived in the building. Two workers were able to get out but sustained injuries. The fate of the final occupant is unknown.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fire. Russian police have opened a criminal probe.
Uzbek officials said they were working on identifying the bodies and transporting them back to Uzbekistan.
Earlier this month a fire at a greenhouse farm in a Moscow suburb killed eight migrant workers from Vietnam.
State television footage showed large flames shooting into the sky from the mountains above the city of Xichang in Sichuan province, turning the sky orange. Heavy clouds of smoke billowed above the buildings and roads of the city, which has a population of some 700,000 people.
There were 34 boarding students on the premises when the fire broke out, according to government staff quoted by Beijing Toutiao News. It was unclear what caused the fire, which injured 16 people, four of whom were in serious condition.
The blaze was put out at 2:30am and an investigation into the cause is underway. All the injured were treated at the hospital and believed to be in stable condition.
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Russia's Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said several people were also injured in the attack at Perm State University and that the suspect had been wounded while being detained.
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