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37 Dead After Russia Hospital Fire

  • Russian Emergencies Ministry employees carry the body of a victim from a psychiatric hospital destroyed by fire in the Novgorod region town of Luka, Russia, Sept. 13, 2013.
  • Emergency Situations workers and fire fighters work at a site of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in Luka village in the Novgorod region, Russia, Sept. 13, 2013. (Russian Emergency Ministry)
  • Emergency Situations workers and fire fighters work at a site of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in Luka village in the Novgorod region, Russia, Sept. 13, 2013.  (Russian Emergency Ministry)
  • Firefighters work amidst the debris of a psychiatric hospital destroyed by fire in the Novgorod region town of Luka, Sept. 13, 2013.

Russian Hospital Fire Kills Dozens

VOA News
Russian officials say at least 37 people have died in a fire that swept through a psychiatric hospital in northwest Russia, the second such incident in Russia this year.

Officials in the region of Novgorod said Friday that at least one worker trying to save patients from the blaze was among the dead. Of about 60 people believed to be in the facility when the fire broke out, at least 20 were safely evacuated.

Reports say the fire may have started with a patient who was smoking in bed.

Officials say the fire spread quickly through the single-story wooden structure, which housed an all-male population.

In April, fire ravaged a psychiatric hospital near Moscow, killing 38 people. The incident raised questions about fire safety and emergency escape plans at such facilities.

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