Psychiatric Hospital Fire Kills 38

Short circuit may be cause of Russia blaze

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 26, 2013 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least 38 people, most of them patients, have been killed in a psychiatric hospital fire near Moscow. A short circuit may have caused the flames, reports say. The blaze, which has now been extinguished, hit a section that was home to patients with severe disorders, the BBC reports. "Some windows were fitted with security bars, but some were not," says a regional official, per the New York Times. "It is up to investigators to find out whether the presence of these bars were a factor or not." Some 12 bodies have been found. Russia is known for weak fire regulations, the Times notes.

A fire overtook a Russian psychiatric hospital.   (Shutterstock)
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