8 foreigners dead in Moscow hostel fire

A fire at a Moscow hostel has claimed the lives of eight guests from foreign countries and injured four others, news agencies reported on Friday.

The flames broke out on the first floor of the building in southwest Moscow due to a probable equipment failure or power grid emergency, state news agency TASS said citing a source. anonymous emergency services.

Two hundred people were reportedly evacuated from the building, while eight guests of the ground floor hostel died and four were hospitalized after jumping from upper floors of the multi-storey building.

Security bars on windows and a blocked emergency exit reportedly prevented victims from evacuating to safety, TASS reported, citing unnamed sources. Inn owners may also have disabled a fire alarm.

Authorities believe the victims died of smoke inhalation.

The victims are believed to be migrants from unspecified countries, TASS said citing an unnamed source.

Authorities have opened a criminal case for a security breach that resulted in death.

Accidental fires are common in Russia, where hundreds of fires are recorded each year due to aging and dilapidated infrastructure and failure to comply with often lax safety standards.

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