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Four dead in Russian retirement home blaze

Four elderly people died when a blaze gutted their retirement home at Shchebekino, a Russian town located near the border with Ukraine.

world Updated: Aug 15, 2008 09:47 IST

Four elderly people died early on Friday when a blaze gutted their retirement home at Shchebekino, a Russian town located near the border with Ukraine, news agencies reported.

A fifth person was hospitalized and 99 were evacuated from the two wings of the building, Interfax said.

The fire broke out in one of the bedrooms of the two-storey retirement home in the Belgorod region. Causes of the blaze, which was brought under control, were not immediately known.