Seventeen people have been killed and one person is missing after a fire broke out at a senior residential building in a village near Ukraine’s capital, Kiev on Sunday.
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The fire erupted in the early hours Sunday morning in a privately-owned two-story building housing 35 people in Litochky, 23 miles northeast Kiev.
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“Emergency services units saved 18 people, five of whom have been hospitalized with burns of varying degrees of severity,” State Emergency Service of Ukraine chief Mykola Chechyotkin said in a statement on Sunday.
According to the BBC, the senior building that housed the elderly was being used illegally.
Police have arrested the man in charge of the building.