At least eleven immigrants, ten of them Uzbek citizens, died Tuesday in a house fire in the Siberian region of Tomsk, the regional department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reported.
The incident, whose causes are unknown at this time, occurred this morning in a wooden house on one floor that was used as a residence for immigrant workers.
According to local authorities, the property, located in the town of Prichulimski, was rented by a Chinese company.
The eleventh victim could be a Tajik citizen, although this extreme has not yet been confirmed, a spokesman for the Tajikistan consulate in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk told the Interfax agency.
Official statistics indicate that annually in Russia more than 10,000 people die in fires.
According to the authorities, the imprudence of the people is the first cause of these accidents.