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Thirteen individuals lose their lives in a hostel fire in Kazakhstan

A deadly fire erupted in a hostel in Almaty, Kazakhstan, claiming the lives of at least 13 individuals early Thursday morning, as reported by the city’s emergencies department.

In an official statement, the department revealed, “During the reconnaissance and firefighting efforts, 13 fatalities were initially found, and their identities are currently under verification.” Preliminary findings suggest that the victims succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The tragic incident underscores the urgent need for investigations into the cause of the fire and raises concerns about the safety and well-being of those residing in the affected hostel.

A fire incident occurred on Adi Sharipov Street in the heart of the former capital, with the alarm raised shortly after 5:30 am (2330 GMT on Wednesday).

Firefighters promptly responded within seven minutes, discovering that the basement of a three-story residential building was ablaze, as indicated in the official statement.

At the time of the fire, there were 72 individuals present in the hostel, with 59 successfully evacuating to safety.

The timely response of the emergency department and the swift evacuation efforts likely played a crucial role in minimizing casualties and ensuring the safety of a significant number of residents. Investigations into the cause of the fire and efforts to support those affected will likely be critical in the aftermath of this tragic incident.

The fire, which erupted on Adi Sharipov Street in the former capital, was successfully extinguished by 6:22 am. Currently, the authorities are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

The prompt containment of the fire highlights the effectiveness of the emergency response, while the ongoing inquiry aims to shed light on the circumstances leading to the tragic event. Understanding the root cause will be crucial in implementing preventive measures and ensuring the safety of future residents in the affected area.


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