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Two people remain unaccounted for and the dead bodies of 36 people have been recovered from the psychiatric hospital building in the Moscow region where a fire broke out last night.
Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova told the The Voice of Russia: "Thirty-six bodies had been recovered by noon Moscow time. Two people remain unaccounted for.
"The operation to recover the bodies is being hampered by the destroyed roof and ceilings of the building."
A fire in a Russian psychiatric hospital has killed at least 38 people inside, including a number of medical workers, according to reports.
There were believed to have been 41 people in the building when the fire broke out - 38 patients and three staff members, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
The ministry said emergency workers had found 12 bodies so far and that the fire, which broke out in the middle of the night, had been extinguished.
Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports there were bars on the windows of the single-storey hospital building which is located about 70 miles outside Moscow. Some patients apparently died while trying to make it to the main entrance to escape. Many others died in their beds.
According the the Russian state news agency, RIA Novosti:
- Moscow police say the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit
- Most of the patients died in their sleep inhaling the fumes
- The building has almost completely burned down
- The search is hampered by heavy clouds of smoke around the site
A fire in a Russian psychiatric hospital has killed at least 36 people inside, including a number of medical workers. The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday on the outskirts of Moscow.