40 foreign students hospitalised after Moscow hostel fire

Moscow: About 40 foreign students of the Russian State Medical University were hospitalised after a fire in their hostel in southwest Moscow, TASS news agency reported citing health officials on Thursday.

Some 20 students are in a serious condition, the officials said.

The fire in the 16-storey hostel broke out on Wednesday evening and was extinguished in about an hour. Some 680 people were evacuated from the building.

According to preliminary reports, the fire was caused by a short circuit.

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