Deaths in fire at Austria care home

Blaze sweeps two floors of retirement home in western town of Egg.

    Fifrefighters battled for three hours to put out the blaze on two floors of the retirement home [EPA]

    Investigation under way
     
    Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze, a spokesman for the regional government of Vorarlberg said.
     
    "According to information from fire services, the fire started in a room on the first floor at the back of the building," he said.
     
    Officials said the deaths occurred from smoke inhalation.
     
    Markus Natter, who led the firefighters said: "The biggest problem was the smoke. People could simply not get out through the stairwell."
    The fire was the deadliest in Austria since 155 people died in a blaze on a funicular train in Kaprun in November 2000.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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