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Eight people die in horror fire at drug rehabilitation centre in Altai region

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 April 2014

Night blaze engulfs Siberian centre despite prompt response by fire service.

The Investigative Committee said a criminal probe had been launched. Picture: Altay Region Ministry of Emergencies

Eight out of 27 patients treated at the privately-owned charitable rehabilitation centre in the village of Ozero Krasilovo were killed. There were fears of one more body in the debris of the fire, said officials as a criminal case was opened. At least six were injured. 

The centre had a good reputation among locals. 

Head of the district administration Konstantin Tatarnikov said survivors were moved to a local school.

'Everyone was moved to the school building. Relatives have already arrived to take some of the patients home', he said.

'All the services - both the emergency situations' service and the police - acted very promptly'.

The Investigative Committee said a criminal probe had been launched. 

'During the investigation detectives will assess actions of clinic personnel who cared for patients and bodies controlling this clinic', said a spokesman.

Several theories for the fire in the single storey building are being probed, including premeditated arson and careless handling with fire, reported Itar-Tass.

No ages or gender was given for those killed in the fire.

The 'Clean Sheet' centre offers a programme involving 12 steps to rehabilitation - based on a US system - lasting six to nine months.

All patients lived in a private house on the shore of Lake Krasilovo.

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