5 killed, 7 injured in Siberia fire


Omsk (Siberia) [Russia], Jan 28 (ANI): Five people were killed and seven injured in a fire that broke out in a company dormitory in southwest Siberia's Omsk Region in Russia on Sunday. "Today, at about 5:30 local time (02:30 Moscow time) a five-storey dormitory for employees in the Omsk suburb of Novomoskovsky caught fire. According to initial estimates, five people died, including two minors aged 13 and 14 and seven people were injured. The fire was put out at 08:29 local time (5:29 Moscow time)," the press service of the regional branch of the Russian Investigative Department said on Sunday. The region's emergencies service said that the rescuers had evacuated 60 people from the building and about 90 people managed to escape on their own, the TASS agency reported. At least 46 firefighters were present at the scene and managed to douse out the fire in under three hours. The region's health authority added that out of the seven people injured, two were said to be in a critical condition. The Omsk Region Prosecutor's Office has initiated a probe into the incident. Violation of fire safety rules is seen as the most likely cause of the fire. (ANI)