Fire at Russian psychiatric hospital kills 23

MOSCOW:A fire at a psychiatric hospital in southern Russia  killed 23 people, the country’s emergencies ministry said on Sunday.The hospital building, made of wood, was destroyed by the fire, the ministry said.A further 20 people were admitted to hospital.The fire broke out shortly before midnight (2100 GMT) on Saturday at the hospital in the village of Alferovka, which is located in the region of Voronezh in the south of the country.It took more than 440 firefighters and emergency workers, who arrived at the scene aboard around 80 vehicles, around three hours to bring the fire under control.


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