Death toll in fire on Russian ship rises to eight 2008-06-08 16:01:02   Print

    MOSCOW, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Death toll in the fire on a cargo ship in Russia's Baltic exclave region of Kaliningrad has risen to eight, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Sunday.

    A fire broke out after an explosion on Thursday afternoon on a cargo ship under repairs at a naval dockyard in Baltiysk, leaving eight killed and three others injured. Another two are still missing.

    A day of mourning for the eight people died in the fire has been announced in the region on Sunday.

    Vladimir Vysotsky, the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, said that the reason behind the accident was gross violation safety rules during welding works by the administrations of the ship and the dockyard.

    Georgy Boss, the governor of the Kaliningrad region, has promised to render material support to the families of the fire victims and help them solve their social and housing problems.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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