MOSCOW: A fire at a psychiatric hospital in southern Russia killed 23 people, the country’s emergencies ministry said on Sunday. The fire destroyed the wooden hospital building, the ministry said. A further 20 people were hospitalized. The fire broke out shortly before midnight (2100 GMT) Saturday at the hospital in the village of Alferovka, which is located in the region of Voronezh in the south of the country. The fire was the latest tragedy to hit a psychiatric institution in Russia, where outdated Soviet-era infrastructure is still in widespread use and managers often take a lax approach to fire safety.