Eight people still missing after Odesa college fire
Eight people are still missing after a fire that broke out in Odesa's Economics, Law and Hospitality College on December 4.
"Today we are honoring the memory of those killed in the fire. However, eight people are still missing. Rescuers do not stop searching," Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said on Telegram on December 8.
Honcharuk expressed his condolences to the victims' families and relatives and assured that the government would provide full support to those who have lost relatives.
He recalled that the government had created a commission to investigate the causes of the fire. The results of the investigation will be made public by December 20.
"Those guilty will be punished," the prime minister said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a fire broke out on the third floor of a six-story education block of Odesa's Economics, Law and Hospitality College on the morning of December 4. The area of the fire covered 4,000 square meters. The block housed 19 different organizations and establishments.
As of the morning of December 8, ten people, including a rescuer, were declared dead. Thirty people were injured, of them, nine are still in hospital.
Criminal proceedings were initiated under Part 2 of Article 270 (violation of fire safety rules) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The police are considering two theories: the use of malfunctioning electrical equipment and an arson attack.