At least eight people die in office fire in Vladivostok, Russia
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
At least eight people have died in a fire in a multi-storied office center, namely, in the office belonging to the Russian Savings Bank (Sberbank), in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.
A spokesman said that the blaze broke at about 12:00 local time (02:00 UTC) on the sixth floor of the building. Some of the victims died when they jumped out windows in an attempt to escape the flames. In addition to the fatalities, another 15 people were hospitalized with burns and injuries.
According to firefighters, serious breaches of fire-safety regulations were partly to blame for the deaths. A door to the attic was locked and people could not escape through an emergency exit.
The fire has been almost extinguished. A team of investigators led by the deputy prosecutor of the Maritime Territory, Sergei Luchaninov, is looking into how the fire started.
- Video of the fire: , 
- Russian website about the fire
- UPI. "Office fire in Russian Far East kills nine" — monstersandcritics.com, January 17, 2006
- "Workers jump to their death" — News 24, January 16, 2006
- "Breaches of fire safety rules cause fatal Vladivostok fire" — ITAR-TASS, January 18, 2006