Romania: COVID-19 patients killed in country’s third deadly hospital fire in less than a year | World News


At least nine COVID-19 patients have died after a blaze ripped through a hospital in Romania.

The country’s health ministry reported that they were among 113 patients in the medical unit of Constanta’s Hospital for Infectious Diseases when the fire broke out earlier today.

Pictures of the scene show firefighters smashing windows of the hospital to reach people trapped inside as thick black smoke billowed from the building.

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Emergency personnel exit through a window after a fire in the COVID-19 ICU section of the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Authorities say a fire at a hospital in Romania’s port city of Constanta has killed nine COVID-19 patients in the ICU. All patients have been evacuated following Friday's blaze at Constanta’s Hospital for Infectious Diseases. (AP Photo/Costin Dinca)
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Firefighters were seen tackling the blaze at the hospital
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In this image released by Romania's Emergency Situations Inspectorate firefighters put out a blaze at the COVID-19 ICU section of the Hospital for Ifectious Diseases in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. A fire broke out Friday morning at a hospital in Romania...s port city of Constanta, leaving 9 people dead according to the country's Emergency Situations Inspectorate (IGSU).(Romanian Emergency Situations Inspectorate, IGSU via AP)..

The flames were quickly extinguished and all other patients were evacuated.

The health ministry added in a statement that more details about the fire would be revealed at a later news briefing.

It is not yet known how the fire started.

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In this image released by Romania's Emergency Situations Inspectorate firefighters put out a blaze at the COVID-19 ICU section of the Hospital for Ifectious Diseases in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. A fire broke out Friday morning at a hospital in Romania...s port city of Constanta, leaving 9 people dead according to the country's Emergency Situations Inspectorate (IGSU).(Romanian Emergency Situations Inspectorate, IGSU via AP)..
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At least nine people have died after a fire broke out at a hospital in Constanta



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