Up to 37 Dead in Russian Psychiatric Institution Fire

In Central Russia


Up to 37 people died when a fire gutted a psychiatric institution Friday morning outside the central Russian city of Veliky Novgorod, according to officials.

Various government agencies gave differing death tolls. The regional branch of the Investigative Committee said 37 people had died in the blaze, while a representative of the Emergencies Ministry said 15 bodies had been recovered and the fate of 22 missing people was unclear.