At least 15 killed, 11 injured in nursing home fire in Ukraine


A rescuer works at the scene of the accident following a fire in nursing home in Kharkiv, Ukraine January 21, 2021. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

KYIV (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed and 11 injured in a fire in a nursing home in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kharkiv, the Ukrainian state emergency service said on Thursday.

The fire broke out in the afternoon on the second floor of the two-storey building. There were 33 people inside, the service said.

The service published a photo of the building with bars on the windows of the first floor. Smoke could be seen billowing out of broken windows of the second floor.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the interior minister to open and take charge of an inquiry into the incident.

The Ukrainian prosecutor general said authorities had launched a criminal investigation and the preliminary cause of the tragedy was the "careless handling of electric heating devices".

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, writng by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Bernadette Baum)

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