March 2 (UPI) — A fire broke out Friday at a drug rehabilitation center in Azerbaijan, killing at least 24 people, government officials said.
The fire, field by strong winds, started just before dawn and burned through the wooden, single-story hospital in Baku for 3 hours. The ward housed bedridden patients.
A statement from Azerbaijani health and interior officials said emergency workers rescued 34 people from the facility, three of whom were hospitalized for injuries.
Investigators believed a short circuit in the electrical system caused the fire.