Fire in Austria kills at least 11

Other News Materials 9 February 2008 01:35 (UTC +04:00)

( BBC ) - A fire in an old people's home in Austria has killed at least 11 people, reports say, and the authorities fear the total could rise.

The building, in the western town of Egg, was home to 24 people.

Firefighters have halted efforts to find more victims because of fears the home could collapse. They had earlier been hampered by thick smoke.

The Austrian news agency says 23 people have been evacuated. Five people have been injured.

It is thought these figures must include staff or visitors.

Firefighters put out the fire in the lower part of the building, but a short time ago it was still burning in the upper parts.

The local authorities have brought in crisis counsellors and set up a telephone hotline for worried relatives.

The cause of the fire is still not known.