Hostel fire kills 21 in Poland

Fire ripped through a homeless hostel in Poland today killing at least 21 people and injuring 20 more.

The blaze broke out around 1am in Kamien Pomorski, near the Baltic Sea coast.

Polish television showed the charred, gutted shell of the building surrounded by fire engines.

There were 77 people registered as residents in the building at the time of the blaze. Firefighters said not all were yet accounted for, and that the death toll could rise.

The injured, many of whom suffered broken bones after jumping out of windows on the upper floors to escape the blaze, were taken to local hospitals.

Two people were being treated for burns, including an eight-month-old baby.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk flew to Kamien Pomorski to inspect the damage, and promised aid for those who survived the blaze.

President Lech Kaczynski declared three days of national morning to start at midnight, and was also on his way to Kamien Pomorski.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze, but police and fire investigators were on the scene.

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Russia warns rebels in Aleppo: Those who refuse to leave nicely will be destroyed

Iran' president: We will not allow 'some man... elected in the US' tear up nuclear deal

After you learn a new fact it appears everywhere again and again - here's why

Poland's top court examines fresh bid to extradite Roman Polanski to US


Lifestyle

Children's hospice makes sure families experience a truly precious Christmas

Making Cents: PCPs are the deals for those looking for new wheels

Other Voices has been expanding horizons on the Dingle peninsula

100 years ago Cork knuckled down to the coldest winter in living memory

More From The Irish Examiner