Update: Two more bodies were found in the building since the fire was put out, raising the death toll to eight people, including two children, an Investigative Committee spokesperson was cited as saying by Interfax.

Eight people have died in an apartment fire on Nikitsky Bulvar in central Moscow, authorities said on Monday.

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Videos published online showed firefighters dousing the flames on a fifth-floor balcony of the historic building in the dead of night.