Sixteen killed in house fire in village near Kiev

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Posted: May 29, 2016 4:11 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Sixteen people have been killed and one is missing after a fire broke out in a residential building housing elderly people in a village near Kiev, Ukraine's state emergency service said in a statement on Sunday.

It said the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning in a privately-owned two-storey building that was temporarily housing 35 people in the village of Litochky, 37 km (23 miles) northeast of Kiev.

"Emergency services units saved 18 people, five of whom have been hospitalized with burns of varying degrees of severity," it said.

The fire was localized at 05:25 a.m. (2225 EDT), it said.

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice. Editing by Jane Merriman)