Investigators said they suspected that the blaze, which broke out during the night, was caused by faulty electrical wiring in the hospice for elderly people in Krasnogorsk, which is located in the wider Moscow region.
“The bodies of nine people aged between 66 and 90 years were found with thermal burns… nine more people were hospitalized,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.
A criminal investigation had been opened to establish whether safety rules were violated, it said.
The incident follows another fire on Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating patients infected with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus which left one person dead.
By Andrey Kuzmin
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.