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Russia: Psychiatric hospital fire caused by chain smoking patient say police


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Russia: Psychiatric hospital fire caused by chain smoking patient say police

A fire has swept through a psychiatric hospital in a Moscow suburb killing 38 people.

There were only three survivors a nurse and two patients.

Psychiatric Hospital No 14 in Ramnesky is a ‘special regime’ hospital with barred windows, it is alleged that some patients were tied to their beds and others sedated.

Investigators believe the fire was started by a chain smoking patient who was going through drug withdrawal at the time.

Staff at the hospital spoke of the tragedy:

“It was one guy sitting on the sofa in main hall. It all happened there. People were watching TV . I feel such sorrow for the old women who could not get out of their beds,” said one worker.

Another tried to assist a patient, but to no avail:

“I carried one patient out, but he was dead already. We broke the door down on the other side, but their was too much smoke.”

The part wooden structure underwent a fire safety inspection last years and recommendations acted upon say hospital authorities.

President Putin’s cabinet observed a one minutes silence for the victims.

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