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Explosion-fire at a chemical factory in Russia: 16 killed

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An explosion and fire at a gunpowder and chemical factory in Russia’s western province of Ryazan have killed at least 16 people.

An explosion and fire at a gunpowder and chemical factory in Russia’s western province of Ryazan have killed at least 16 people. The country’s news agency Tas reported the news on Friday, citing a source. However, the country’s emergency management ministry confirmed the deaths of 12 people in the crash, saying four were missing.

The head of the local administration told Tas that there were at least 17 workers inside the factory at the time of the incident.

The fire broke out at a factory in the Ryazan region southeast of Moscow around 8 a.m. local time on Friday, the AFP news agency reported.

Russian authorities said in a statement that the fire was believed to have been caused by “violations of technical procedures and safety measures” at the PGUP elastic factory.

The factory is located in a village called Lesno, about 300 kilometers from Moscow. It is known that explosives used in industry were produced there.

Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said it received a report of a fire at the factory at 8:22 a.m. local time. More than 170 rescuers have been sent to contain the blaze. Source: Reuters, AFP.

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