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Fire Kills 38 in Russian Psychiatric Hospital

May 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Psychiatric Hospital No. 14 was a locked facility that housed people with schizophrenia, mental retardation and drug and alcohol addiction. Around half of them took powerful antipsychotic medications at bedtime to help them sleep, officials said. Irina Gumennaya, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee, said investigators believed the fire started on a sofa, perhaps by a recovering addict who smoked cigarettes surreptitiously. A nurse woke and tried to evacuate the patients, but was able to lead only one woman, who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, to safety. Another patient left on his own. The remaining 38 died of burns or carbon monoxide poisoning, many still in their beds. Among them, 11 had no known relatives, making DNA identification difficult, said Veronika Skvortsova, Russia’s health minister.

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Man Pleads Guilty in Norwich Arson

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Steven Lamotte, 23, was charged Tuesday with third-degree arson for a fire he set to the Norwich administration building on August 11, 2007. Lamotte soaked crumpled paper with gasoline and lit it on fire. State prosecutors have recommended a sentencing of three years in prison followed by three years probation.


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Fire at Henryton

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Around 8:00 PM on Thursday, a fire erupted through the roof of the Staff House at Henryton State Hospital. Approximately 50 firefighters from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Baltimore counties battled the one-alarm blaze.

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Two Small Fires Extinguished at Rockland

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Firefighters put out two separate blazes that appeared to have been set early this morning in Rockland Psychiatric Center. They found the fires in bathrooms at opposite ends of a hallway on the fifth floor of Building 58.

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Connecticut Valley Hospital Fire

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

The abandoned Weeks Hall at Connecticut Valley Hospital caught fire and was completely engulfed in flames and had to be destroyed early this morning. Weeks Hall was built in 1894.

Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital Catches Fire

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The Kirkbride building at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital burns as a two-alarm fire is extinguished by one-hundred fire fighters Tuesday night. Lightning is said to be the cause. One fire fighter has sustained injuries.

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Two Fires Burn at Hudson State Hospital

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

April 24, 2010

Firefighters put out a fire Friday afternoon at Hudson State Hospital only to be called back again for another that blazed throughout the night to a three-story staff house. The building is a total loss.

The earlier fire caused damage to several rooms in Ryon Hall about nine-and-a-half hours prior to the fire at the staff house.

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