Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 14 in the Voronezh region declared a day of mourning – Russian newspaper

In the Voronezh region to identify the bodies of patients Novokhopersk neuropsychiatric orphanage burned down on Sunday night. The fire killed 23 patients, as many more were taken to hospital. So far, the regional authorities are silent on the causes of the tragedy, Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case and conducts searches in the regional department of Social Protection, in charge of the boarding school. The searches were conducted in the department of supervisory activities on the units of Ministry of Emergency Situations Novohopersk area – that his staff had to follow the fire safety agency. But it seems not followed.

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His deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this terrible fire expressed by President Vladimir Putin. As the President’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, the tragedy, as well as on measures taken to assist the victims and families of the deceased head of state was informed Governor of Voronezh Region Alexei Gordeyev, Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets.

mourning. According to the decree of the head of the Voronezh Region Alexei Gordeyev on 14 December in the area will be lowered flags, cultural institutions and broadcasters asked to cancel entertainment programs.

Versions of why there was a fire, a few, and all of them is informal – investigators and investigators MOE continues inspection of the state of emergency and refrain from premature conclusions. Boarding could be ignited by electrical circuit – according to the employee of the clinic, she recently “strong spark” because of outstanding stub or another, as yet unknown reason. The facility is equipped with a fire alarm system, which is why a signal fire rescuers received instantly and the first calculations were at the scene of emergency in a few minutes. However, by the time the roof caught fire, and the house was filled with smoke charity. Incidentally, in this boarding MOE recently conducted exercises – just on the topic of evacuation in case of fire.

The government of the Voronezh region were unable to answer the question of why the tragedy occurred and who was responsible, to the latter question to the investigation. Meanwhile, the Public Chamber of Russia has demanded to dismiss officials oversaw the orphanage.

– I’ll write tomorrow an appeal on the issue of social sphere curator Olga Golodets. Also ask Yuri Chaika to consider the imposition of personal liability of all officials, including the heads of the federal level, for negligence and criminal omission – said the Chairman of the Commission Public Chamber on Social Policy Vladimir Slepak.

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Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Olga Golodets also responded to Voronezh tragedy. According to her, the Cabinet will funds for the reconstruction of dilapidated neuropsychiatric boarding.

– At a meeting of the government will be raised about the need for reconstruction of the psycho-neurological boarding schools with dilapidated wooden beams, sought appropriate funds in the budget, – said Deputy Prime Minister.

Alferovka located on the outskirts of Voronezh region, 300 kilometers from the center. Places are beautiful – clean river Hopper, reserve with relict desman – but civilization and high-profile events are not spoiled. Cellular communication is intermittent, and as news locals milled happened two years ago, the unrest on the development of copper-nickel deposit. More precisely, milled until Sunday, December 13.

According to the stories of the villagers, rescuers searched for patients boarding under the beds, where they – nervous because of their illness, without any emergency – hiding from the fire and smoke. Two dozen of the 70 patients the institution could not hide because they were bedridden. Others were under the influence of hard drugs. Rescuers brought out and made everyone had, before the roof collapsed.

From the boarding school left a large black spot on the snow and embers – a dilapidated one-story building burned down. Charred ruins were separated rescuers assorted debris searching for victims. Under the rubble found the bodies of 19 patients, four died in the hospital or on the way to her, 23 people were hospitalized. Four employees of the boarding, were in the night of the fire at work, were not injured. Ministry of Emergency Situations has published the list of the victims, the injured and evacuated – there very often men middle-aged and elderly. Survivors were taken to the hospital. Another 23 people are not affected by fire until placed in a nursing home of the neighboring district center. At the crash site of the patients was only 59-year-old Ivan Medvedev – it local, Alferov, sheltered by relatives.

The message about the fire came to the rescue on December 12 at 23.02. At the scene, left 12 fire trucks, just fire fighting, 74 people and 30 units of equipment. Emergency workers helped police alerted the district department of the Interior Ministry. Fire fighting took four hours. By 11 o’clock Sunday rescuers finished the analysis of blockages, new victims while not revealing.

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The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under part 3 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code (causing death by negligence to two or more persons). Burnt in Alferovke boarding built half a century ago. The original building was made of wood, then it lined with brick. According to the vice-premier of the Voronezh region for Social Affairs Vladimir Popov, the decision met all standards, including fire safety requirements.

– Patients boarding have been relocated to a modern institution, – said the head of the regional department of Social Protection Natalia Samoylyuk. – We understand that institutions like Alferov, obsolete, they are dangerous for the people there. In the working program of construction of new homes for the elderly. It was planned as resettlement of pensioners in the new institutions to settle in their former home insane.

However, of the 2,700 patients neuropsychiatric boarding move had only 130 – they were placed in the two newly independent nursing homes Verkhnemamonsky District.

Neuropsychiatric clinics and nursing homes often burn in Russia, and these fires are accompanied by a large number of victims. In January 2009, 23 of the pensioner died in the fire in the Komi Republic. On the night of September 13, 2013 burned men’s department near Moscow institution “Oksochi”, killed 37 people. 22 survivors were saved thanks largely to an aide Yulia Anufrieva – the only employee who has appeared in the building at the time of the fire. She put out the fire in many patients, but she died and was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.

Direct speech

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All online services on the site of a fire in the Voronezh worked as it should. Through this managed to avoid big losses. This was stated by Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov, who yesterday was personally present on the scene. Minister of the Moscow helicopter in less than three hours flew directly to the place of fire and led the course of search operations. Also, after the working group meeting of the government commission, Vladimir Puchkov announced preliminary results.

– The situation is dire. However, all services worked quickly, at a high level. All decisions of the Commission for Emergency Situations of the Voronezh region has taken in a timely manner – the minister said. – More than half of all patients were rescued from the burning body. The loss could be much greater if it were not for the action of medical staff and departments reacting promptly arrived at the scene of the fire. 18 people who were sleeping and were under the influence of potent drugs, they carried on the hands.

Physicians were easier to respond to the situation, because they were well aware of all measures to evacuate. All boarding the country under the leadership of Ministry of Emergency Situations held drills and exercises. Particularly intensive staff began to teach after the memorable tragedy of 2013, which happened in Novgorod, as well as about the same orphanage burned patients in the Dmitrov district of Moscow region.

If not for these skills, now might burn all 39 non-transportable patients who were in the boarding school. The building was dilapidated and the chances of them there was no escape from the fire itself.

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