Germany: 24 injured in nursing home fire

December 24, 2008 12:22


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Police say 24 people have been injured in a fire caused by a Christmas candle at a nursing home in southern Germany. Rescue officials in the Bavarian city of Straubing say they extinguished the blaze that injured 22 elderly residents, a nurse and a firefighter on Wednesday morning. Most were treated for smoke inhalation and released, but the 69-year-old man who lived in the room where the fire began was badly hurt. He was pulled out of the room by a nurse. Police said the fire was probably started by his Advent wreath, a traditional decoration with candles to mark each of the four weeks before Christmas.

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