Fire Kills 16 At Ukrainian Senior Home

KIEV, Ukraine -- A fire tore through a home for the elderly in western Ukraine Sunday, killing 16 people, officials said.

In this image released by the Ukraine Emergency Situations Ministry firefighters work to extinguish a fire as smoke rises above the ruins of an old peoples home in the Bile village in the Rovne region in western Ukraine.

The Emergencies Ministry said in a statement that 11 others were injured in the fire in the village of Bile, in the Rovno region, some 300 kilometers (180 miles) west of the capital Kiev.

There were 25 residents and two staff members in the wood-and-concrete building when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, the ministry said.

Firefighters battled the blaze for about five hours before it was extinguished.

All the injured suffered carbon-monoxide poisoning, and three are in serious condition, the ministry said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Photographs posted on the Ministry's website showed thick white smoke engulfing the single-story building as firefighters clad in protective suits and helmets battled the fire with hoses.

Source: AP