6 People Die in Tijuana Nursing Home

The patient started the deadly blaze with a lighter

Six senior citizens were killed in an early morning fire started by a patient at a nursing home in Mexico.

The fire broke out at 1:30 a.m. Friday at El Refugio located on Calle Rancho 2 in the neighborhood of Ricardo Flores Magón. 

A patient who had arrived Wednesday started the fire with a lighter, according to nursing home spokesperson Jesus Mondragón Martinez.

Two of the victims were burned while the remaining victims died of smoke inhalation, according to officials.

Other residents were taken to a nearby hospital and were said to have serious injuries.

Mondragon said the man is believed to suffer from mental illness.

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