Thursday, August 17, 2017

Children hospitalized following fire at Sverdlovsk orphanage

A fire at a family orphanage in the town of Ivdel in the Sverdlovsk region left several children in the intensive therapy ward last week.

One of the orphanage's residents and the orphanage's founder were both killed in the fire, ITAR-TASS reports.

"According to the preliminary reports, the woman who died in the fire has adopted nine little children, who were staying with her at the family orphanage," the regional investigative committee's press service said, according to ITAR-TASS. "Eight children aged from three to 11 years managed to get out from the burning house and were taken to the central hospital in the town of Ivdel for medical examination. These children got poisoned with carbon dioxide. Four of them are at the intensive therapy ward, other children are in satisfactory condition."

The fire site is currently being examined and measures are being taken to find and question eyewitnesses.

The press service of the Russian Investigative Committee also noted that "the materials over the causes [of the fire] and the fire spot will be taken from the Russian fire watchdog soon."

Investigators have speculated that the start of the fire was located in the kitchen, though a short circuit has not been ruled out as the cause of the fire. The committee will also bring in forensic experts to examine the fire-related evidence.