May 11, 2020 / 9:53 AM / 19 days ago

Russian police detain hospice owner after nine people die in fire

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators said on Monday they had detained the owner of a private hospice outside Moscow after a fire there killed nine elderly people and hospitalised nine others.

Investigators said they suspected that the blaze, which broke out during the night, was caused by faulty electrical wiring in the hospice for elderly people in Krasnogorsk, which is located in the wider Moscow region.

“The bodies of nine people aged between 66 and 90 years were found with thermal burns... nine more people were hospitalised”, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

A criminal investigation had been opened to establish whether safety rules were violated, it said.

The incident follows another fire on Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus which left one person dead. [nL8N2CR0GL].

Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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