Fire sweeps through warehouse, killing 17 workers
A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse yesterday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan.
A representative of the Kyrgyz community said the victims were all young women trapped in a dressing room while changing into their work clothes.
The fire was caused by a faulty lamp on the first floor of the warehouse, where many flammable liquids and paper products were stored. It spread quickly through an elevator shaft to the room where those who died were changing, said Ilya Denisov, who heads the Moscow branch of the emergency services.
He said firefighters found the bodies of 16 workers and sent four injured workers to the hospital, where one later died.
Denisov, whose statements were carried by Russian news agencies, said the dead were all from Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, and were believed to be working legally in Russia.