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Fire kills 8 at Russian drug rehab centre: investigators

Published on Apr 28, 2014 2:03 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Eight people were killed on Sunday when a fire ravaged a drug rehab centre in Russia's Altai region, investigators said, raising fresh questions about security standards in the country's medical facilities.

Their bodies were found after authorities put out the blaze in a private drug rehab centre, dubbed "Chisty List" (Clean Slate) which overlooks a picturesque lake near Barnaul, investigators said in a statement.

Another six people from the private drug and alcohol abuse treatment centre were injured as the fire ripped through the building, said regional emergencies ministry spokesman Andrei Pozdnyakov.

"Only the walls remained," Mr Pozdnyakov said, adding that the rest of the patients have been moved into a local school.

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