Fire kills eight in Russian unit block

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A fire in an apartment block has killed eight people in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg, the local branch of Russia's Investigative Committee says.

Investigators from the Sverdlovsk region said a child was among those killed early on Tuesday.

They said a criminal case had been opened to determine the cause of the fire and establish measures that could prevent a similar incident in the future.

The fire was contained by firefighters before being extinguished, the regional emergency services ministry said.

"In conditions of heavy smoke, the gas and smoke protection service organised the evacuation and rescue of residents through a burning doorway," the ministry said in a statement.

"In total, 90 people, including nine children, were evacuated."

Video footage showed dozens of firefighters on hand, helping residents to escape the building.