Russia psychiatric hospital fire kills 38

A fire broke out on Friday in a psychiatric hospital near Moscow, killing 38 people, Russia`s Health Ministry said.

Updated: Apr 26, 2013, 10:56 AM IST

Moscow: A fire broke out on Friday in a psychiatric hospital near Moscow, killing 38 people, Russia`s Health Ministry said.

The fire broke out on the roof and spread rapidly throughout the hospital in the town of Ramensky, the ministry said.

"According to preliminary reports, 38 people were killed, including two medical staff," said health ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement that 41 people were in the building at the time.

"Twelve bodies have been found" so far, it said.

AFP