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23 die in fire at retirement home

February 02, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Twenty-three people died in a fire at a retirement home in northwest Russia, and preliminary evidence indicated that the blaze began in the smoking room, officials said.

Fire gutted the single-story log building in the village of Podyelsk, about 625 miles northeast of Moscow, on Saturday evening, the Emergencies Ministry said on its website.

Three residents were saved and the three staff members on duty survived, and were being questioned by prosecutors.

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