Blaze kills 16 at Ukraine nursing home

Fire-fighters battle the blaze in Bile, Ukraine. Photo: 10 July 2011
Image caption Fire-fighters battled the blaze for five hours, before extinguishing it

A fire has swept through a home for the elderly in western Ukraine, killing 16 people, officials say.

They say 11 people were rescued from the single-floor, wood-and-concrete building in the village of Bile, about 300km (180 miles) west of Kiev.

Three of those rescued were in serious condition. All suffered carbon-monoxide poisoning.

The fire - which started just after midnight - was caused by negligence, the officials believe.

An investigation is now under way, Ukraine's emergencies ministry says.

Firefighters battled the blaze for five hours before extinguishing it.

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