Fire kills 23 people at Russian psychiatric hospital

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    Deadly hospital fire in Russia


Deadly hospital fire in Russia 01:19

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  • The fire also left 23 people injured
  • It started late Saturday night and engulfed hundreds of square kilometers

(CNN)A fire killed 23 people and injured another 23 at a Russian psychiatric hospital, authorities said Sunday.

The blaze started late Saturday night at the hospital in the southwestern region of Voronezh.
    Hospital workers told state-run media there were 140 people in the building, including 50 who were bedridden.
    An investigation is underway.
    Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said the fire has been extinguished. Search-and-rescue teams were surveying the site and inspecting the building.