Moscow (AP) - A fire swept quickly through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow early Friday, killing 38 people, most of them in their beds, officials said.
The one-story brick-and-wood hospital building housed patients with severe mental disorders.
An emergency ministry official said the fire started in a wooden annex and then spread to the main brick building which had wooden beams.
The patients were under sedatives and most of them did not wake up.
At least 29 people were burned alive, said Irina Gumennaya, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee.
Investigators said 38 people, including 36 patients and two doctors, died. They said a nurse managed to escape and save one patients, while another patient got out on his own.
The emergency services also posted a list of the patients indicating they ranged in age from 20 to 76.
The Moscow region governor said some of the hospital windows were barred.
Russia has a poor fire safety record, with about 12,000 deaths reported in 2012.
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