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Warehouse fire kills 17 migrant workers in Moscow

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A large fire ripped through a warehouse in Moscow on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers, Russia's emergency services said.

The victims were all young women.

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Colleagues and relatives of dead workers from Kyrgyzstan react as they gather next to the burnt building of a printing plant's warehouse in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Russian emergency services say a fire swept through a printing plant's warehouse in Moscow on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Community members say the young women had were trapped in a dressing room while changing into their work clothes when the fire broke out.

Officials say the fire was caused by a faulty lamp on the first floor of the warehouse.


The fire spread quickly through an elevator shaft to the room where those who died, emergency services.

The women were from Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, and were believed to be working legally in Russia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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