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Tuesday, July 14, 1998 Published at 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK


World: Europe

Five Russian firemen killed in forest blaze


A group of five firefighters have been killed in southern Russia while tackling a forest blaze in the Volgograd region.

A sixth fireman suffered serious burns.

The men became surrounded by the flames after gusts of wind fanned the fire and cut off their escape route.

Meanwhile, authorities in the far east of Russia have drafted in over seven hundred firefighters to put out scores of seasonal forest fires caused by dry weather.

Forty-thousand hectares have been destroyed by the fires

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