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Fire in Azerbaijan’s drug rehab clinic kills 24

In this video grab provided by APA TV -- Azerbaijan’s television -- firefighters work at the scene of a blaze at a drug rehabilitation clinic in the capital city of Baku on March 2, 2018. Authorities say at least 24 people have been killed in the fire that broke out due to suspected short circuit in the clinic.

In this video grab provided by APA TV -- Azerbaijan’s television -- firefighters work at the scene of a blaze at a drug rehabilitation clinic in the capital city of Baku on March 2, 2018. Authorities say at least 24 people have been killed in the fire that broke out due to suspected short circuit in the clinic.   | Photo Credit: AP

A short circuit is believed to blame for the blaze at the clinic which is situated in an old, one-story wooden building.

Authorities in Azerbaijan say at least 24 people have been killed in a fire at a drug rehabilitation clinic in the capital on Friday morning.

Police and prosecutors said in a joint statement that the fire broke out at 6 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) Friday in Baku and wasn’t put out until three hours later. A short circuit is believed to blame for the blaze at the clinic which is situated in an old, one-story wooden building.

Evacuation

The Health Ministry said 200 patients and staff have been evacuated, and 34 people have been rescued from the building. Three people have been hospitalized.

The office of the Azerbaijani President said he had arrived at the scene to oversee the rescue effort and ordered an investigation into the blaze.

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