TEMPO.CO, Luka-Russia - Thirty-seven people were dead after a fire raged through a psychiatric hospital in northwestern Russia early Friday, an emergency situations ministry official said.
"Thirty-seven people were declared dead in the fire," said a regional investigator on a statement published by the Times of India today. As the news is reported, only 30 bodies have been retrieved and evacuated. Seven other bodies were allegedly still trapped under the rubble.
The fire destroyed the 19th-century wooden building and quickly spread and claimed many lives. When fire broke out, the building hosed 60 people. 23 people reportedly managed to survive.
The fire began yesterday at 03:00 local time. The government has long been warned that the building structure is not safe. However, the government seemed to pay no attention to the warning and let the building operate. The fragile structure of the building also contributed to the quick fire spreading.
TIMES OF INDIA | ANINGTIAS JATMIKA