The body of another victim of a fire that broke out in Odesa's Economics, Law and Hospitality College on December 4 has been found.

Thus, the total number of the victims officially recognized as dead grew to three, the main department of Odesa region's National Police told UNIAN on Friday afternoon.

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Police have just retrieved another body from the rubble on Troyitska Street in Odesa. "This is a female. Her identity is being established," the police said.

At the same time, Ukraine's State Emergency Service said it was the body of a man.

Twelve people are still missing.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a fire broke out in the education block of Odesa's Economics, Law and Hospitality College on the morning of December 4. The area of the fire covered 4,000 square meters.

It became known immediately that a 16-year-old female student died in the fire. The body of a woman, who was a lecturer of the college, was found the next day.

The total number of the victims of the fire has exceeded 30 people; 22 were in hospital as of 09:00 a.m. Kyiv time on December 6.

Criminal proceedings were initiated under Part 2 of Article 270 (violation of fire safety rules) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.