Fire kills 16 in Russia’s South
Officials report seven people have been taken to hospital.
It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the blaze.
The region’s prosecutor claims the fire started on the first floor of the wooden block and spread quickly. Authorities say the building was in need of repair and the residents should have been moved out.
A criminal case has been launched as officials investigate the incident.
The region's authorities have pledged financial help for the families left homeless.