27 Feb 2018 14:11

No signs of violence found on bodies after fire at Perm territory dorm - investigators

MOSCOW. Feb 27 (Interfax) - The death of six people found at the site of a fire in a dormitory in the town of Chusovoi in Russia's Perm territory was not caused by a violent crime, the press service of the Investigative Committee said.

"An examination of the bodies conducted at the scene by an investigator in the presence of a forensic expert did not reveal any visible signs indicating that these people were the victims of a violent crime," the committee said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

Specialists are now examining the site, after which all of the necessary analyses will be ordered to determine the cause of death and the reasons for the fire, the statement said.

"Measures are ongoing to establish all circumstances of what happened, including reasons and conditions that led to the tragedy and also the number of casualties," it said.

A fire broke out in the dormitory overnight into Tuesday. Six fatalities have been reported.

A criminal investigation has been launched into charges of accidentally causing the death of two or more people.

Thirty-seven people, including 13 children, were rescued from the burning building. They have been provided with temporary accommodation on the premises of the town's School No. 7 and at the Chusovskaya hotel.