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15 dead, 5 injured in fire at Mexico nursing home in Mexicali, near US border

  • Forensics work among the rubble of a nursing home after it caught fire in Mexicali, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The fire killed more than a dozen elderly residents at the home, and the cause of the blaze was being investigated by the state prosecutors' office, according to Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa. (AP Photo/Cristian Torres)

    Forensics work among the rubble of a nursing home after it caught fire in Mexicali, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The fire killed more than a dozen elderly residents at the home, and the cause of the blaze was being investigated by the state prosecutors' office, according to Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa. (AP Photo/Cristian Torres)  (The Associated Press)

  • A paramedic attends an elderly woman after evacuating her from a nursing home that caught fire in Mexicali, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The fire killed more than a dozen elderly residents at the home, and the cause of the blaze was being investigated by the state prosecutors' office, according to Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa. (AP Photo/Cristian Torres)

    A paramedic attends an elderly woman after evacuating her from a nursing home that caught fire in Mexicali, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The fire killed more than a dozen elderly residents at the home, and the cause of the blaze was being investigated by the state prosecutors' office, according to Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa. (AP Photo/Cristian Torres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Forensics work among the rubble of a nursing home after it caught fire in Mexicali, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The fire killed more than a dozen elderly residents at the home, and the cause of the blaze was being investigated by the state prosecutors' office, according to Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa. (AP Photo/Cristian Torres)

    Forensics work among the rubble of a nursing home after it caught fire in Mexicali, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The fire killed more than a dozen elderly residents at the home, and the cause of the blaze was being investigated by the state prosecutors' office, according to Mexicali Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa. (AP Photo/Cristian Torres)  (The Associated Press)

The mayor of the northern Mexico border city of Mexicali says 15 elderly residents of a nursing home have died in a fire at the facility.

Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa says another five people were being treated at a local hospital for burns, and were in serious condition.

The fire broke out at the nonprofit facility early Tuesday. The facility is located in a rural area about a half-hour's drive outside Mexicali.

Diaz Ochoa said 23 residents had been taken to a temporary city shelter.

Local media reported the facility housed formerly homeless elderly people.