At least 18 people killed in fire accident in Poland 2009-04-13 16:16:47   Print

The gutted remains of a shelter for homeless and poor families in northwest Poland April 13, 2009. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    WARSAW, April 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people were killed and nearly 20 injured when a fire broke out in a homeless shelter in northwestern Poland, Polish news agency PAP reported on Monday.

    At least 77 people were staying in the three-story hostel when the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Monday, Pawel Fratczak, spokesman for Poland's national firefighters, was quoted.

    Fratczak said 20 people, including a child, have been taken to the nearby hospital. Many of those injured had leapt from the windows and suffered bone fractures and other injuries after escaping the blaze.

    Firefighters have extinguished the blaze and fire investigators are sifting through the debris to establish the cause. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, according to the spokesman.

    Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has broken off his Easter holiday to fly to Kamien Pomorski, 60 kilometers east of the German border, to see the scale of the blaze and determine what help is needed, PAP reported.

    Government spokesman Pawel Gras said that the local authorities had initiated measures to ensure none of the survivors were left without a roof over their head.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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