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Seventeen Die In Fire At Ukraine Home For Elderly

Ukrainian firefighters search through the rubble at an assisted-living facility for old people, where at least 17 died when a fire ripped through the building in the early hours of the morning on May 29.

At least seventeen people have died and one is missing after a fire broke out at a home for the elderly in a village near Kyiv, Ukraine's state emergency service said in a statement on May 29.

"Emergency services units saved 18 people, five of whom have been hospitalized with burns of varying degrees of severity," the Ukrainian emergencies ministry said in a statement.

It said the fire broke out in the early morning hours of May 29 in a privately-owned two-story building, which housed 35 people, in the village of Litochky, 50 kilometers north of Kyiv.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman expressed condolences to the families of those who died in the "terrible tragedy" and and called for an immediate investigation into the cause of the fire.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP