38 killed in Moscow hospital fire

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:12 hrs

At least 38 people were reported killed in a fire in a psychiatric hospital located north of Russian capital Moscow early on Friday morning.

Media reports quoted Russian officials and media, as saying that at least 41 people -- 38 patients and three staff members-were inside the building when the fire broke out.

Three persons-a nurse and two patients-managed to escape, reports quoted the Russian Emergencies Ministry, as saying.

Twelve of the 38 bodies are said to have been recovered from the debris of the burnt hospital.

The state-run RIA news agency said that bars on the windows of the single-storey building in Ramensky, 120 kilometers north of Moscow, prevented the patients from escaping. Several patients died in their beds, the Itar-Tass news agency added.

More than 12,000 people died in fires in 2011 and more than 7,700 in the first nine months of 2012 in Russia, where the per capita death rate from fires is much higher than in western nations, including the US.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry is yet to reveal the cause of the fire. (ANI)

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