9 dead in Ukraine house fire as residents struggle to heat homes during power outage

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Ukrainian authorities report over 131 cases of fires in the last three days as people break safety rules to heat their homes after Russian attacks on power facilities

The state emergency services of Ukraine said that over nine people have died, and eight others injured, after several fires broke out as people break safety regulations while attempting to heat their homes.  

According to a report in Euronews on Thursday, November 1, after the Russian attacks power facilities in Ukraine, residents of the country are facing major hardships to keep their houses warm. The report said, people are now resorting to using gas cylinders, candles and generators to keep their houses warm due to lack of electricity.  

An official statement by Ukranian authorities stated, “Only in the last day there were 131 fires in Ukraine, 106 of them in the residential sector. Nine people died, eight were injured”. The statement further added, “Due to violations of fire safety rules, the use of uncertified products for heating and cooking, incidents of fires and explosions in high-rise and private buildings have become more frequent”, the report said. Authorities have also asked the public to be more careful due to the risks of fires.

As the mercury falls in the country, forecasters have said the temperatures in Kyiv could drop to below –6 degrees Celsius this winter.

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