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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hospital Fire Kills 2

MOSCOW () -- A neglected iron sparked a fire in the pediatric unit of a hospital near Moscow early Friday, killing a 6-week-old infant and his 17-year-old mother.


The blaze, which broke out shortly after midnight, injured three others. Two hospital guards suffered burns, along with a 7-year-old boy, who remains in critical condition, police and fire spokesmen said.


It took firefighters an hour to douse the fire in the hospital in Fryazino, a town about 20 kilometers northeast of Moscow, said police spokesman Gennady Melnik. About six patients were in the ward at the time, and about 50 patients were evacuated from the rest of the hospital.