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Siberian Officials Say 25 Dead After Fire in Workers' Residence


Emergency workers in Russia's Siberian republic of Tuva have recovered another six bodies from the rubble of a workers' residence destroyed in a fire.

The latest discoveries bring the death toll from the blaze to 25.

The fire swept through the two-story building in the republic's capital, Kyzyl, early Wednesday. More than 140 people lived in the building.

Nineteen people, including seven children, were hospitalized with injuries including burns and broken bones.

The Itar-Tass news agency says the electricity in the building had been turned off due to non-payment of bills, but some residents illegally re-connected the power to cope with the sub-zero temperatures.

The report says a short circuit may have caused the blaze.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.