“When the nurse came out into the corridor, the fire was burning and the flames were spreading quickly. She managed to bring out only two patients: a woman and a young man,” the spokesman said.
The Moscow region announced a day of mourning to be held today.
The fire was the latest tragedy to hit a medical institution in Russia, which still suffers from outdated Soviet-era infrastructure and lax security procedures.
In 2009, 23 people died in a fire in the wooden building of an old people’s home in Komi republic in northern Russia, while in 2007, 63 died in a fire at an old people’s home in the southern Krasnodar region.
In December 2006, a fire in a Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic killed 45 women. Many of the victims were trapped by metal bars on the windows that staff could not open and an emergency exit was boarded up, officials said.