Fire Leaves 26 People Dead at Drug Abuse Treatment Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan


A fire that occurred at a drug abuse treatment centre that is located in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan has left at least 26 people dead.

The APA news agency of the country reported that four other people were rescued from the blaze and were taken to the hospital.

Footage from Sahar TV, the Azeri news channel, showed some firefighters fighting the massive flames as they billowed out of a single-storey building that has bars over the windows.

The station reported that the fire ripped through a part of the clinic where the inpatients were sleeping.

A source from the health ministry informed Reuters that 26 people were confirmed to have been killed during the fire. However, the local media reported that the death toll was 30.

Early on Friday morning, the fire broke out at the Republican Narcological Dispensary that is located the Khatai district of the city.

Fire teams reportedly were able to have the flames under control by 8.20 am local time (4.20am GMT).

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.