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12 people killed in Moscow market fire


MOSCOW, (Xinhua): At least 12 people were killed early Tuesday in a fire engulfing a market in southern Moscow, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Preliminary information indicated that all the 12 victims are workers from Tajikistan.

The blaze, which erupted at about 4:50 a.m. Moscow time (0050 GMT), burned down a two-story attachment to a hangar at the Kachalovsky market. The building has been used as a living quarters for market vendors.

The fire has been extinguished by eight teams of firefighters, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The market's administration told reporters that there could be 15 workers inside the building when the fire broke out.

Malfunction of electric appliances or short circuit was seen as the possible causes to the fire.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

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