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Kharkiv nursing home fire: Tenant faces 60 days of arrest

Source : 112 Ukraine

The corresponding decision was made on January 23 by the investigating judge of the Kyivskyi district court of Kharkiv
14:58, 23 January 2021

Nursing home in Kharkiv caught on fire
Suspilne Kharkiv

Kyivskyi District Court of Kharkiv city has considered a request for a precautionary measure against a tenant of a nursing home in Kharkiv, Vyacheslav Kravchenko, who is suspected of violating fire safety requirements, which caused a fire and killed 15 people. Kravchenko was taken into custody for two months, Suspilne reports. 

"To apply a preventive measure against Kravchenko Vyacheslav in the form of detention in a pre-trial detention center for a period of 60 days until March 21, 2021, inclusive, without determining the bail," the judge said.

Related: Deadly fire in Kharkiv: State of victims revealed

So, at the court session, the defenders insisted that Kravchenko's guilt in violating fire safety requirements had not been proven, there were no results of a number of examinations. Kravchenko himself claimed that his affairs in the home were limited to the execution of some of his wife's orders, such as the delivery of food.

The prosecutor's office noted that Kravchenko found a nursing home, signed a lease agreement with its owner and, together with his wife, was looking for clients.

Related: Day of mourning declared in Ukraine over tragedy in Kharkiv nursing home

On January 21, the two-story building in Kharkiv rebuilt into the house for elderly people caught on fire.

Department of Social Protection of the Population of Kharkiv Regional State Administration of Kharkiv Region said that there were no registered institutions for the elderly at the address where the fire broke out.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to urgently create a commission to find out the causes of the fire in a nursing home. At the same time, the Prosecutor General's Office reported preliminarily that the fire in the nursing home occurred due to careless handling of electric heaters.

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