Eleven dead as fire razes retirement home in Russia

A firefighter and local residents are seen on a site of fire in a retirement home at the village of Ishbuldino, Russia.

Eleven elderly people with mobility issues died after being trapped in a burning retirement home in the early hours of Tuesday in the Russian region of Bashkortostan in the Urals mountains, authorities said.

The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. (2200 GMT Monday) in the village of Ishbuldino, the emergencies ministry said in a statement, and was put out three hours later.

“Four people evacuated (the site) on their own before the arrival of firefighters,” the ministry said.

A view shows a burnt building at a retirement home in Ishbuldino village in the region of Bashkortostan, Russia.

Russian news agency Interfax quoted the district authorities as saying that one of the survivors was a staff member, while three others were residents whom she managed to lead out of the one-storey wooden building.

The 11 victims were also elderly residents who had mobility issues and could not be quickly evacuated, Interfax reported.

Russia’s investigative committee said it has launched a probe into the incident.

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