Fire in nursing home leaves six dead in Italy | News

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In one of the most popular neighborhoods in the southeast of Milan, Italy, a fire in a nursing home this morning caused the death of six elderly people, five women and one man, as well as some 81 intoxicated or injured individuals, two of them from gravity.


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The fire started in one of the residents' rooms at around 01:20 (local time, 23:20 GMT), where the two women who occupied it died. The other four victims died of poisoning due to the smoke that affected the first floor of the structure.

Media outlets have reported that there were some 167 elderly people in the residence at the time the fire started and that due to their health conditions they had to be rescued one by one. Currently 170 people remain evacuated.

Likewise, it was learned that the service personnel who were on duty raised the alarm and the flames could be contained, although the smoke could not be prevented from spreading rapidly.

In the early hours of this Friday, the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, went to the scene of the tragedy and explained that "it could have been worse, but six deaths is still a very high toll and we hope that the two people hospitalized will not be added. who are in a delicate situation."

The residence welcomes dependent elderly people who do not need hospital services, is owned by the City Council and is managed by the Proges cooperative, which manages some 300 centers of this type in 11 Italian regions.

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