At least 38 psychiatric patients have been killed in a hospital fire in Moscow, suffocating the victims as they slept behind barred windows. The deadly blaze raises new questions about security at Russia's medical institutions, particularly psychiatric hospitals, after a spate of fires in the last years.
The fire broke out on the roof and spread rapidly through the hospital wing in Ramensky, 40 km outside Moscow. The inmates were suffocated to death while they slept as the fire spread rapidly through the wooden building.
Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a probe into the mishap to examine lapses in fire security. Possible causes were careless handling of fire or a short circuit in the electric wiring.