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Deadly fire in Kharkiv nursery home: Four suspects detained

Source : 112 Ukraine

The detainees are suspected in the violation of the demands of fire safety that led to the death of people
12:08, 22 January 2021

Nursing home in Kharkiv caught on fire
Suspilne Kharkiv

In Kharkiv, law enforcers detained four people possibly involved in the deadly fire at a nursery home. They are suspected of the violation of fire safety rules, which led to the deaths as Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venedyktova reported on Facebook.

The law enforcers detained the owner of the two-story building that he rented for the house of elderly people, the lessee, his wife as the director of the retirement house and an administrator who coordinated work of the care home but was not officially employed. All detainees will be served charges and request on choosing of the restrictive measure.

“It is established that detained couple are the founders of the non-governmental organization which aim is the facilitation of holding of amateur health-improving, cultural activity aiming for satisfaction and protection of the legal interests of its members that, possibly, was used for the cover of the activity died with the care after elder people. The cost of stay at Zoloty Chas (Gold Time) care home was estimated at 15,000 hryvnias ($531) averagely,” the message said.  

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The owner does not have documentation of the building where the care home worked. T he rehab facility for alcohol and drug addicts was situated at the neighboring building that is owned by the same person.

The law enforcers consider three versions of the fire:

  • arson;
  • careless handling of fire in household use and misuse of electrical appliances;
  • short circuit of the power grid.

On January 21, the two-story building was caught on fire in Kharkiv. It was reequipped for the nursing home. The tragedy resulted in the death of 15 people.

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The investigators of the State Investigation Bureau of Ukraine opened the criminal case due to the neglect of duty by the Emergency Service employees that led to the fire at the care home.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the Cabinet of Ministers to urgently create the commission to establish the reasons for a fire at the home for elderly people. Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported that preliminary, the fire took place due to the careless exploitation of electric heating elements.

Due to the tragedy in Kharkiv, Friday, January 22 is declared a morning day.

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