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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Offers $6,000 to Fire Victims' Families

The families of the nine people who died as a result of Tuesday's fire at a Moscow management school will each receive 150,000 rubles ($6,000) in damages from City Hall, RIA-Novosti reported Friday.

City Hall will also allocate another 32,700 rubles ($1,300) to each family for burial services, as well as 50,000 rubles for those who received minor injuries, a City Hall source told RIA-Novosti.

Families with children who lost a breadwinner as a result of the fire will receive an additional 2,000 rubles ($80), the source said.

Six people died of smoke inhalation in the blaze Tuesday at the Moscow State Institute of State and Corporate Management, located near the Dubrovka metro station. Three more people later died in hospitals, while 51 others were injured.

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into possible safety violations. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the fire was likely due to a short circuit in a worn-out cable, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.

Andrei Zvyagin, the dean of the privately owned school, told Moskovsky Komsomolets in an interview published Friday that he would resign over the tragedy.

More than 200 firefights and rescue workers, along with 55 firetrucks and two helicopters, were deployed to put out the blaze Tuesday.