Eight construction workers dead after fire in Crimea

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At least eight workers have been killed following a fire at a temporary residence in the Crimean capital of Sevastopol.

Reuters reports that local police blamed the fire on an electrical device short-circuiting.

Two other workers who were hospitalised after the incident, and are in a stable condition.

The fire at the two-storey building has now been extinguished, according to The Moscow Times.

An estimated 100 construction workers lived in the temporary accommodation while they were working on a highway across Sevastopol’s peninsula.

A charge of “death by negligence” may be brought by authorities in the region.

The Russian occupation of Crimea began in 2014 after an independence referendum that was disputed by Kyiv.

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