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Russian fire kills 63 at home for elderly

March 20, 2007|From the Associated Press

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA — A fire swept through a home for elderly and disabled people in southern Russia early today, killing at least 63 people, emergency officials said.

It took firefighters almost an hour to get from the nearest sizable town to the facility in the Krasnodar region village of Yeisk, which has no fire station, said Sergei Petrov, a duty officer at the Emergency Situations Ministry's southern branch.

He said one person was missing and 33 were injured.

Russia has been beset with a number of deadly blazes at state facilities in recent years.

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