Fire kills 24 at drug rehab centre in Azerbaijan

A fire has killed 24 people at a drug rehabilitation centre in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, officials have said.

Television pictures showed flames leaping through barred windows of a single-storey wooden building.

The fire in a ward for bedridden patients was initially caused by an electrical fault in the building, a government statement said.

Thirty-one people were rescued during the incident, the General Prosecutor’s office said.

Four people were taken to hospital, according to Azerbaijan’s news agency APA.

The blaze, which broke out just before dawn, was fanned by strong winds. It took around three hours for fire fighters to extinguish it.

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