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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Eight Prison Inmates Die in Fire

Eight inmates were burned to death and another three were taken to the hospital after a fire broke out Tuesday in their high-security prison near the city of Samara, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

He said a special commission would investigate what caused the fire in the two-story prison building. But he said initial information gave no reason to believe the fire had been deliberately started. Samara lies 900 kilometers east of Moscow.