A fire at Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic no. 17,faced one of the most deadliest fires that the city of Moscow has witnessed in the last three decades . 45 women were killed because of burns, and smoke asphyxiation. Most of those who died were young addicts below the age of 35.Some were HIV patients and few suffered from severe psychological disorders.
Fire inspectors, had in fact warned a few months ago that the building was not safe ,and should be closed down for that reason.
The victims were trapped upstairs on the second floor when the fire broke out in the kitchen. Some of the inmates were choked to death by the fumes when asleep. The metal gate from the corridor was locked preventing the frantic inmates from escaping the horrifying fire. Apparently this gate was locked to prevent drug addicts from leaving the premises. Some windows on the second floor of this five storey hospital building were seen smashed. All victims succumbed to death before help arrived. Twelve other inmates have suffered severe burns and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police suspect arson. Officials suspect the possibility that any one of the inmates could have had a hand in starting the fire in rebellion for being refused drugs. The fire could also have begun due to extreme carelessness.
Shocked relatives are still numb with pain after this incident. They wee seen inconsolably weeping on Bolotnikovskaya Street,outside the hospital premises as the inmates were being evacuated.