12 die in fire at Russian rehab centre

2016-03-15 14:23


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Moscow - Twelve people died overnight as a fire swept through a rehab centre with barred windows in central Russia, investigators said on Tuesday.

The bodies of 12 people, two of them women, were found in the residential building in the mainly Muslim Bashkortostan region, the regional Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said in a statement.

"They are believed all to be members of a social rehabilitation centre. Their identities are being established," investigators said.

Residents said the single-story building in the town of Sterlitamak, about 1 200km east of Moscow, housed a private drug rehabilitation centre, ProUfu.ru regional news website reported.

An emergency situations official told Russian television that the windows "could not be opened from the inside or were bolted."

The bodies had "no visible injuries", investigators said.

"Based on the appearance of the bodies, they died from carbon monoxide poisoning," the head of the emergency service in Bashkortostan, Marat Latypov, told Interfax news agency.

The head of the Bashkortostan region, Rustem Khamitov, said the victims were undergoing work therapy to get rid of "harmful habits".

He called for an investigation into why the "12 people were living in a small room with barred windows and a metal door."

The fire was reported at 03:00 Moscow time and took almost two hours to extinguish, the regional emergency situations ministry said.

Russia frequently sees deadly fires at state-run facilities for the elderly or those with mental illness, which often have bars on windows and locked doors and are located in isolated areas.

In 2013, 37 people were killed when a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital in northwestern Russia.

Russia is gripped by drug addiction fuelled by easy access to narcotics with the head of the federal anti-narcotics service estimating last week that 7.3 million people were addicted to drugs.

Read more on:    russia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.