Bodies of 14 Vietnamese killed in Russia factory fire repatriated

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A woman sobs by the body of a relative who was killed along with 13 others in a factory fire in Russia on September 11

A flight carrying the bodies of 14 Vietnamese workers who were killed in a factory fire in Russia on September 11 arrived in Hanoi Sunday.

Representatives of the Vietnamese embassy in Russia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed them over to their families at Noi Bai International Airport the same day. Eight men and six women died.

On Friday the embassy along with Vietnamese business associations organized a prayer ceremony for them in Russia before the repatriation.

According to the foreign ministry, related agencies in Russia are still investigating the cause of the fire which broke out in a garment factory in Yegoryevsk town in which more than 50 Vietnamese nationals had been working.

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The fire, which also left one man critically burnt, is suspected to have been caused by an electrical leak, and investigators are looking at possible violations of fire safety regulations.

The factory's owner fled after the fire.

The Russian media has said the Vietnamese had been employed illegally.

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