Toll rises to 16 as more bodies found from Ukraine college fire

Firefighters extinguish a fire inside a college building in central Odessa on December 4, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

Firefighters have pulled two more bodies from a college building in Ukraine's southern port of Odessa that burned in a fire last week, authorities said Thursday, bringing the number of dead to 16.

Prosecutors have arrested the director of the college on charges of professional negligence and placed her under house arrest.

The bodies of the last two people missing following the fire were found late on Wednesday, the emergency services said in a statement.

Firefighters spent eight days combing through the debris of the six-story building, which caught fire last Wednesday.

Another 30 people were injured in the blaze, with eight still in hospital as of Thursday.

The College of Economics, Law, and the Hotel and Restaurant Business is in central Odessa and has some 400 graduates per year.
 

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