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Jan 31, 11:49 PM EST

Fire at Moscow workshop kills 12 people, including 3 kids


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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials say a fire at a textile workshop in Moscow has killed 12 people, including three children.

The Investigative Committee, the top state investigative agency, says the fire that erupted late Saturday in northeastern Moscow engulfed an area of 3,000 square meters (over 32,000 square feet). It says it's looking at arson as one of the possible causes.

Russia's children's rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, said Sunday on his Twitter three children were among those who died, including a small baby. He said the victims were migrant workers who lived next to their workplace.

It took several dozen fire engines a few hours to extinguish the blaze and investigators are continuing to rummage through the rubble for evidence.

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