: UPDATED: Deadly fire at a seniors home in Kyiv region (photos, video)
Society17:10 May. 30, 2016
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UPDATED: Deadly fire at a seniors home in Kyiv region (photos, video)

17 people dead, 5 in critical condition with varying burns

UPDATE: A day of mourning in the village of Litochky that's located in Kyiv region. This is where a tragedy struck overnight. A fire at a seniors home claimed the lives of seventeen elderly people. Rescue crews managed to save eighteen people, at least five of them are in critical condition with burns ranging in degrees.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The owner of the home has been detained for violating fire and municipal code.

STORY: At least 17 people have died in a fire that burst out in the care home for elderly people in a village near Ukraine's capital Kyiv, on early May 29.

This was reported by Ukraine's State Emergency Service"As of 11:00, May 29, 17 people were found dead at the fire scene".

Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman ordered to immediately create a special commission to study the tragedy circumstances. Groysman expressed condolences to the victims' families.

"On behalf of the Ukrainian Government, I offer my sincere condolences over the terrible tragedy that has caused an irreparable loss," his statement reads.

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In the early hours of the Sunday morning, May 29, the fire broke out in a two-storey care home accommodating about 35 (elderly) people, in the village of Litochki, Kyiv's suburban area. The rescue teams saved 18 people. Five people suffering various burns were sent to hospital.

According to the preliminary version, a faulty television set caused the fire.

Police arrested a man on suspicion of setting fire to the care house. If convicted, the suspect may face from three to eight years in prison. 

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