Fire at St. Petersburg hospital for COVID-19 patients extinguished - UPDATED

Fire at St. Petersburg hospital for COVID-19 patients extinguished  - UPDATED
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  • calendar-gray 12 May 2020

Firefighters have extinguished the fire in an intensive care unit at the St. George Hospital in St. Petersburg, which killed five people, a source in the emergency services informed TASS on Tuesday, APA reports.

"As of now, the fire has been fully eliminated," the source informed.

A fire took place in an intensive care unit of the St. George Hospital in St. Petersburg earlier on Tuesday. The area of the fire reached 10 square meters. Five patients put on artificial ventilation machines were killed. The fire may have been caused due to one of the ventilation machines short circuiting, a source in the emergency services told TASS earlier. Criminal proceedings have been launched on charges of manslaughter. 150 people have been evacuated.

On May 9, a fire was reported at a Moscow hospital after an artificial ventilation machine short circuited. An elderly woman was killed in the fire, while 295 people were evacuated.

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Five people were killed in a fire in a hospital in the Vyborg district of St. Petersburg; patients and staff are being evacuated, a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Services said, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"According to preliminary data, five people died as a result of a fire in a hospital in Severny Proezd," the spokesman stated.

According to him, the circumstances surrounding the fire and deaths are being clarified.

Patients in the intensive care unit were killed in a fire in a St. Petersburg hospital, 150 people were evacuated from the burning building, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

"Unfortunately, according to preliminary data, some people in the intensive care unit died," the ministry said.

A ministry spokesman said the fire had been localized on an area of 10 square meters.

It's thought that the fire at St. George's Hospital could have been sparked by a short circuit in an artificial lung ventilation device.

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