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At least 53 people were killed when a fire ripped through a busy shopping center in an industrial city in western Siberia, with scores more reported missing, including children.

Images on Russian television showed thick black smoke pouring out of the Winter Cherry shopping center in the city of Kemerovo, which also boasts a sauna, a multiplex cinema and a bowling alley that was packed with people on a Sunday afternoon.

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Investigators had initially reported five people dead including a child and another 30 people injured and taken to the hospital.

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