Fire outbreak in Azerbaijani drug abuse treatment center kills 24 people (UPDATED)

Fire outbreak in Azerbaijani drug abuse treatment center kills 24 people (UPDATED)
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs have issued a joint statement about the fire that broke out at the Republican Drug Abuse Treatment Center at around 6:10AM local time on Thursday. 

The State Fire Protection Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations sent firefighters to the scene. The Ministry of Education also sent a medical team to provide first aid. 

The Interior Ministry’s detached police regiment as well as Khatai district police ensured protection of the area for rescuers to operate uninterrupted.

As a result of the operative measures taken, 31 out of 55 people were rescued from the building. Three of them were placed at the Republican Toxicology Center of the Ministry of Health. 

The fire was extinguished at 08.30. The bodies of 24 people were found during the inspection of the scene. 

Under the instruction of the president of Azerbaijan, the Prosecutor's General Office initiated a criminal case, and an investigative team consisting of experienced officers of the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Emergency Situations was set up.  

According to preliminary investigation, the fire was caused by a short circuit in the building’s electrical network.  

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The number of people killed in the fire which broke out in the Republican Narcology Dispensary in Baku’s Khatai district has been revealed.

According to preliminary information, up to 30 people were killed as a result of the fire, Forensic Medical Examination and Pathologic Anatomy Unit of Health Ministry told APA.

Four injured were hospitalized. Three of them were placed in the Toxicology Department of the Clinical Medical Center No 1 and one in the City Clinical Hospital No 3. 

The fire which broke out in the Republican Narcology Dispensary, located in Khatai district, Zikh highway 13, was extinguished in the morning on March 2.

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