MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti) – Five people were killed after a fire broke out at a private house in the central Russian town of Ryazan, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
“The fire erupted on Sunday morning … in a house that belonged to a 40-year-old female resident of the regional center. As a result of the blaze, five people were killed in the fire,” the ministry said in a statement.
The fire completely destroyed the one-storey wooden house. The identities of the victims and the causes of the fire are being established.
Fire safety has been in the spotlight in Russia in recent years after a number of high-profile blazes. Over 150 people were killed in a fire at a nightclub in the Urals in December 2009.