Patients die in hospital fire

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Patients die in hospital fire

Eleven people - 10 patients and a male nurse - were burnt to death yesterday when fire broke out in a high-pressure treatment chamber at a private hospital on Milan's outskirts. The chamber used high levels of oxygen, which greatly enhances combustion, to treat patients suffering from a variety of ailments including bacterial infections and monoxide poisoning. Judicial sources said manslaughter charges could be brought once a full investigation had established if anyone was directly responsible.

- Reuters, Milan