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38 Die in Mental Hospital Fire in Russia; Nurse, 2 Patients Survive

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Thirty-eight people died early Friday at a mental hospital outside of Moscow after a fire raged through the building, emergency officials said.

Among those who died in the fire were two nurses, according to The Associated Press. A third nurse managed to save two patients and they were the only three thought to have survived, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing the Health Ministry.

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Police said the fire, which broke out at about 2 a.m. local time (6 p.m. EST) in the one-story hospital in the Ramenskoye settlement, was caused by a short circuit, RIA Novosti reported.

A photograph on the website of the emergency services showed a building consumed by flames.

The ages of the patients in the hospital ranged from 20 to 76, according to a list posted on the emergency services website.

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