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MOSCOW, January 31. /TASS/. Criminal proceedings have been launched over deliberate destruction of property and death of people in the fire on Moscow’s Stromynka Street, spokesperson for the Moscow Department of the Russian Investigative Committee Yulia Ivanova told TASS. Earlier reports said that a criminal case had been launched under Part 2 of Article 105 of Russia’s Criminal Code (murder of two and more persons.).
"The investigative bodies of the Moscow department of the Russian Investigative Committee have launched a criminal case over the crime under Part 2 of Article 167 of Russia’s Criminal Code (deliberate destruction or damage to property entailing human death and other grave consequences)," Ivanova said.
"While extinguishing the fire the bodies of eight unidentified persons have been found," Ivanova said. However, according to the law enforcement agencies, the bodies of nine persons have been found, all of them with non-Slavic appearances. "Their identities are being established," the source said.
The fire erupted in an old building on Moscow’s Stromynka Street accommodating a sewing shop late in the evening on Saturday. It was localized at midnight and extinguished at 00:55 Moscow Time on Sunday. About 3,000 square meters have been damaged by fire, with the roof collapsing on the area of 500 square meters.
A source in the law enforcement bodies told TASS that, according to preliminary data, the fire had been caused by arson.