MOSCOW (September 13, 2013)—More than three-dozen people died in a fire in a Russia psychiatric hospital, Russia's top investigative agency said.
The fire in the one-story hospital in the village of Luka in the northwestern Novgorod region broke out at around 3 a.m. Friday and quickly engulfed the structure, which dates back to the 19th century, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
The Investigative Committee said Friday that rescuers so far have recovered 10 bodies and set the number of dead at 37.
It did not explain how it knew about the other deaths.
The agency said a patient started the fire, but provided no details.
Authorities had long warned that the mostly wooden building was unsafe.