Psychiatric Hospital Fire Kills 38
Short circuit may be cause of Russia blaze
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2013 3:00 AM CDT
A fire overtook a Russian psychiatric hospital.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

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fractal
Apr 26, 2013 12:45 PM CDT
These chronic, profoundly mentally ill people will be a lifetime "drain" on the system. Hope someone didn't just decide it was cheaper to hold a bar-b-que.
InferiorToYou
Apr 26, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
Was it a short circuit or a lose screw?
Jojo
Apr 26, 2013 6:26 AM CDT
Killed them dead, you say?