Nursing home fire kills 6 in eastern Spain

  • People look towards a nursing home after a fire in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that at least five people have died in a fire at a nursing home near Valencia in eastern Spain. Emergency services for the Valencia region said Wednesday that in addition to the victims another 11 people required hospital treatment. (Alberto Saiz)

    People look towards a nursing home after a fire in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that at least five people have died in a fire at a nursing home near Valencia in eastern Spain. Emergency services for the Valencia region said Wednesday that in addition to the victims another 11 people required hospital treatment. (Alberto Saiz) Associated Press

  • Councillors, police and members of the public observe a minute of silence for the victims after a fire in a nursing home in the municipality of Moncada, just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that six people have died in the fire at the nursing home and another 11 people required hospital treatment. Authorities haven't indicated the cause of the blaze.

    Councillors, police and members of the public observe a minute of silence for the victims after a fire in a nursing home in the municipality of Moncada, just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that six people have died in the fire at the nursing home and another 11 people required hospital treatment. Authorities haven't indicated the cause of the blaze. Associated Press

  • One of the survivors of a nursing home fire leaves the home in the municipality of Moncada, just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that six people have died in the fire at the nursing home and another 11 people required hospital treatment. Authorities haven't indicated the cause of the blaze.

    One of the survivors of a nursing home fire leaves the home in the municipality of Moncada, just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that six people have died in the fire at the nursing home and another 11 people required hospital treatment. Authorities haven't indicated the cause of the blaze. Associated Press

  • Survivors of a nursing home fire leave the home in a mini-van in the municipality of Moncada, just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that six people have died in a fire at the nursing home and another 11 people required hospital treatment. Authorities haven't indicated the cause of the blaze.

    Survivors of a nursing home fire leave the home in a mini-van in the municipality of Moncada, just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that six people have died in a fire at the nursing home and another 11 people required hospital treatment. Authorities haven't indicated the cause of the blaze. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 1/19/2022 8:19 AM

MADRID -- Six residents of a nursing home in eastern Spain died after a fire broke out in the night, authorities said Wednesday.

Another 17 residents were hospitalized, with three in serious condition, the regional leader of Valencia, Ximo Puig, said.

 

Firefighters said a total of 70 residents were evacuated from the nursing home in the municipality of Moncada, just north of the city of Valencia.

Firefighter chief José Basset told Spanish news agency EFE that the fire appears to have started in a bedroom on the second floor.

'There was a large number of people asking for help who were trapped by the smoke' when firefighters arrived, he said.

Puig said Spain's Civil Guard police force was investigating the cause of the fire and investigators think it might have started with a short-circuit in a mechanism linked to a oxygen tank.

'The most important thing now is the recovery of those who have been injured,' Puig said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted in Spanish that he was following 'the tragic news from Moncada. My condolences to the families of the victims. We are watching with concern the evolution of the injured. All our support for the families and the town.'

Municipal authorities in Moncada have called for three days of mourning, with flags flying at half-staff on the town hall building. Officials called for a minute of silence at noon local time.

Spain's nursing homes, like those in many other countries, were particularly hard-hit during the worst months of the coronavirus pandemic.

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