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Eleven people including 10 Uzbek workers died when a fire ripped through a one- storey wooden shack in a remote village in the Siberian region of Tomsk, officials said on Tuesday.

“The bodies of 11 people have been found ” Russia’s emergencies ministry said in a statement.

Citing preliminary information, regional authorities said that ten of the victims were citizens of Uzbekistan.

The fire broke out on the territory of a private sawmill in the Prichulymsky settlement and the wooden shack was used to house workers despite its substandard conditions , authorities said.

The regional governor arrived at the scene of the tragedy and tasked officials with conducting a fire safety inspection in the entire region.

Investigators said they opened a criminal probe into negligent manslaughter.

Millions of migrant workers from Central Asia live in Russia, where they often perform menial jobs for low pay under lax safety conditions.

Credit: AFP

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