ASTANA, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - At least 38 people were killed in a fire that broke out in a drug abuse clinic in southern Kazakhstan, the Central Asian republic's emergencies ministry said on Sunday.
The fire started early on Sunday at the narcological dispensary in the town of Taldykorgan, the administrative center of the Almaty province. The blaze engulfed an area of 650 square meters, the ministry said.
"According to preliminary data, 38 died at the scene of the fire while 40 people were evacuated," the ministry said.
The fire was localized an hour after it broke out, the ministry said.
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov has ordered to establish a special commission to investigate the causes of the fire.
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