• 24 dead in Azerbaijan drug rehab center fire


    BAKU: Twenty-four people died as a result of a fire, which tore through a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku early Friday, officials said. The fire happened at the Republican Narcological Center in Baku at 06:10 a.m., the General Prosecutor’s Office, the health, interior and emergencies ministries said in a joint statement. The statement said that 24 bodies have been found after the blaze tore through a one-storey wooden ward, the statement added. The statement cited a defect of the power grid as the initial cause of the blaze. Earlier Friday Azerbaijan’s APA news agency reported that at least 30 people had perished in the blaze. It said the fire broke out in a ward for bed-ridden patients. The ex-Soviet Caucasus nation has a history of large-scale casualties as a result of fires in residential buildings and elsewhere. In May 2015, 15 people—including five minors—were killed by a fire in a multi-storey building in Baku. In October 1995, 289 people died in a metro fire in Baku, in the world’s deadliest subway disaster that was caused by outdated Soviet equipment.



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