Six residents died after a fire broke out in the night at a Spanish nursing home in a suburb of Valencia on Wednesday.

Iran PressEurope: According to Valencia's regional head, 17 more residents were hospitalized with three severe conditions. Firefighters said that they rescued 25 residents out of 70 that were evacuated from the nursing home in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia. 

Firefighter chief José Basset told Spanish news agency EFE that the fire appears to have started in a bedroom on the second floor. 

Spain's Civil Guard police force was investigating the cause of the fire, but investigators believe it could have been caused by a short-circuit in a mechanism linked to an oxygen tank. 

Municipal authorities in Moncada have called for three days of mourning, with flags flying at half-staff on the town hall building. Officials called for a minute of silence at noon local time. 

Like many other countries, Spain's nursing homes were particularly hard-hit during the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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