At least 15 people were killed Thursday after a blaze occurred at a residential home for the elderly in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. The fire broke out in the second storey of the home. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the incident as “a terrible tragedy” and said 33 people had been in the building when the fire broke out. “We all pray that there will be no more,” he said. he emergency services reported nine people had been admitted to nearby hospitals while Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova said 11 people were injured. A possible cause of the blaze is believed the misuse of electric heaters. The Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement extended the country’s “heartfelt condolences” to the “friendly and brotherly” Ukrainian people and government, and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.
Department of Social Protection of the Population of Kharkiv Regional State Administration of Kharkiv Region said that there were no registered institutions for the elderly at the address where the fire broke out. „Kharkiv regional prosecutor’s office has started the criminal proceeding due to the violation of the demands of fire safety established by the legislation and that led to the death of people,” Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venedyktova announced.