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2021 Kharkiv fire
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Fire at a retirement home in Kharkiv
Date21 January 2021
LocationKharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
Coordinates49°59′43″N 36°09′48″E / 49.995160406537394°N 36.16325548929106°E / 49.995160406537394; 36.16325548929106Coordinates: 49°59′43″N 36°09′48″E / 49.995160406537394°N 36.16325548929106°E / 49.995160406537394; 36.16325548929106
Deaths15
Non-fatal injuries11

On 21 January 2021, a fire broke out at an unregistered nursing home in Kharkiv, Ukraine.[1] The fire killed 15 people and injured 11 others.[2] Nine people were rescued and sent to the hospital.[3] Carelessness with electrical heaters was blamed for the fire by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova. This prompted the office of the Kharkiv regional prosecutor to begin criminal proceedings due to alleged violations of safety regulations. Electric heaters are considered unsafe in Kharkiv due to the inadequate design of electrical infrastructure in that area.

The house was heavily damaged, with much of the second floor apparently gutted.[4] The fifteen people that died had apparently been trapped on the second floor.

Kharkiv's mayor declared 22 January 2021 a day of mourning.[5] President Volodymyr Zelensky declared 23 January a national day of mourning.[6]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "At least 15 killed, 11 injured in nursing home fire in Ukraine". Reuters. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  2. Kennedy, Rachael (21 January 2021). "Nursing home blaze in Ukraine kills at least 15 people". Euronews. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  3. https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/fire-at-kharkiv-retirement-home-15-people-dead-58322.html
  4. https://suspilne.media/98199-ce-trivatime-poki-ne-derzava-ne-vregulue-rinok-socialnih-poslug-ekspert-pro-pozezu-u-harkovi/
  5. kharkiv, Suspilne (21 January 2021). "Fire in Kharkiv: January 22 to be mourning day, - Acting Mayor". 112 Ukraine. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
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