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Current Event Cat of the Day: Another Russian Hospital Fire

Current Event Cat - Russian Hospital Fire

It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then (actually this is the first time…) Reagan can use a repeat Current Event Cat of the Day. But never did we think the headline would be “Dozens Killed in Russian Psychiatric Hospital Fire”.

I guess the Russians didn’t learn anything from the last mental hospital fire in Moscow back in April, which killed 38 people.

Well, they did learn one thing I guess because there was one less casualty in the latest hospital fire. The early-morning fire at a psychiatric hospital in the Russian city of Veliky Novgorod has killed at least 37 people. And like the fire before it, many of the facility’s patients  – the elderly, the mentally ill and the chronically institutionalized – were unable to escape.

Investigators are pointing the blame at a one of the hospital’s patients. The investigative committee said that according to preliminary information, “the cause of the fire was carelessness on the part of one of the patients.” The timber structure of the hospital probably didn’t help things either…

The April blaze wasn’t a fluke fire either. Russia has a looong history of fires. In 2009, 23 people died at an old people’s home in the north-west Komi region, while in 2007, 63 were killed at a home in Krasnodar, southern Russia. And in 2006, a fire at a Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic killed 45 women.

Maybe the Russians should spend less time helping Syria out of a bind and more time building fireproof facilities. Just a thought.

Via: BBC News

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