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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fewer Fires Reported

A total of 151,168 fires have been reported in Russia so far this year, 0.5 percent less than in the same period of 1997, the Interior Ministry said.

Those fires killed 7,910 people, including 424 children, and injured 8,088 others, the ministry said, according to Itar-Tass.

That is a 1 percent increase in fire deaths and 1.6 percent increase in injuries. However, the number of children killed is 10.4 percent lower.

Fires destroyed 40,976 buildings.