Fourteen Vietnamese were confirmed dead and another was critically injured in a fire that broke out at a garment factory in Russia Tuesday.
Vietnam News Agency Wednesday quoted Yegoryevsk town police as saying that the blaze began in a three-storied building at around 4.20 p.m. when more than 50 Vietnamese workers were working.
The factory's owner has fled, and the police are holding some employees for questioning.
The fire was likely caused by an electrical leak, the news agency said, adding that local prosecutors have launched a probe into possible violations of fire safety regulations.
Russian media has said that Vietnamese were employed illegally in the factory.
The Vietnamese embassy in Moscow dispatched officials to the site to investigate and work with local agencies to identify the victims.
They have identified the victims as hailing from the central provinces of Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, and Quang Binh, and the northern provinces of Hai Duong and Ha Nam.
Yegoryevsk is around 100 kilometers southeast of Moscow.
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