Thursday, April 25, 2013


38 killed in psychiatric hospital fire near Moscow

At least 38 people have been killed after a fire erupted in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Moscow that housed as many as 41 people, including medical staff, authorities say.

That number is feared to rise as Emergency Ministry says the hospital housed 41 people at the time of the incident.

The fire started around 2:30 am Moscow Time (22:30 GMT) in Psychiatric hospital 14 in Ramenskoe. By the time fire rescue arrived, the entire one-story building was engulfed in flames.

The fire started in a wing housing special treatment patients.

One nurse managed to escape the flame, saving two patients, Interfax reports.
Firefighters found the bodies of 12 dead, according to ITAR-TASS. Four were found near the exit of the hospital, while eight others were found in the wards.

One source has told the news agencies that the hospital had bars on its windows, preventing people from escaping. Most of the bodies were found still in their beds.

The fire, meanwhile, has now been fully extinguished.

Authorities point to faulty electric wiring and a short circuit as the possible cause.

Forty five police have cordoned off the area and are investigating the cause of the fire.

According to the Ministry of Health 18 ambulances are on site.

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