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article imageFire in Russian psychiatric hospital kills 38, most dying in bed

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 26, 2013 in World
A fire in a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow has killed 36 residents and two doctors, Digital Journal has learned. The fire in the one-story brick-and-wood building spread rapidly and most of the deceased died in their beds.
Officials have not yet learned what caused the fire, though the Russian Investigative Committee said it may have been electrical. Fire alarms worked but the fire spread too fast to warn residents in time.
To make the situation worse, it took fire fighters an hour to get to the blaze. They would normally have come by a canal but the ferry was closed due to flooding and they had to take a more lengthy route by road.
Irina Gumennaya of the investigative committee said that the only survivors of the fire were a nurse, one patient she was able to get out and one patient who escaped on their own. The dead ranged in age from 20 to 76, Gumennaya told Russian media.
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