15 killed, 5 injured after fire in Ukrainian nursing home

At least 15 people were killed and five others were injured after a fire broke out in a nursing home in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv, local authorities said Thursday.

The fire broke out in the afternoon on the second floor of the two-story building. There were 33 people inside, the Ukrainian state emergency service said.

The service published a photo of the building with bars on the windows of the first floor. Smoke could be seen coming from the broken windows of the second floor.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the interior minister to open and take charge of an inquiry into the incident.

The Ukrainian prosecutor general said authorities had launched a criminal investigation and the preliminary cause of the tragedy was the "careless handling of electric heating devices."

(c) Daily Sabah 

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