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16 senior citizens die as fire guts nursing home in Mexico

Mexico territory

Mexico territory

Local authorities have confirmed that no fewer than 16 senior citizens were killed in a fire at a nursing home on Tuesday in Mexico’s northwestern state of Baja California.

There reports on Wednesday said 45 people were living in the nursing home when the incident occurred at 4 a.m. local time on the outskirts of Mexicali, on the Mexico-U.S. border.

A total of 15 elderly people died in the blaze and five others were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment, said Mayor Jaime Rafael Diaz Ochoa during a news conference.

One elderly person is still missing, according to the mayor.

One of the five people taken to hospital succumbed to his injuries, bringing the death toll to 16, Deputy Procurator for Baja California, Fernando Ramirez Amador told local media.

Police and ambulances were at the scene and firefighters were able to contain the blaze.
Other uninjured residents at the home ‘Hermoso Amanecer’ also known as Beautiful Sunrise have now been relocated to another home for the time being, reports said.

`Hermoso Amanecer’ is run by a Cultural Society Promoter for Social Welfare, non-governmental organisation and has been in operation for a decade, according to media reports.

Authorities said the cause of the fire is under further investigation.

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