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5 killed in 3 fires in Ukraine

Five people were killed and another one injured when fires broke out in three separate homes in Ukraine, the authorities said Monday, according to Xinhua.

Two people were killed in a fire that reportedly started at around 11:00 a.m. local time Sunday (0900 GMT) at private house in northern Chernigov region. According to the preliminary reports, the blaze was caused by carelessness while smoking, Emergency Situations Ministry said.

A fire engulfed a house in southern Odessa region shortly after midday, killing a child and severely injuring another. The two children were left home alone.

In a third fire, two people, believed to be a couple, were killed when fire ripped through their house in central Kirovograd region at around 2 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) Sunday.

As fires become more common during late autumn and winter in Ukraine, people are advised to take measures to prevent heater-related blazes.

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