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Fire Forces Evacuation in Brazil’s Main Hospital

A major fire forced rescue workers to evacuate at least 200 people from Brazil’s main hospital in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday night. Some of the people that authorities evacuated were wheeled out in their beds and two women who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 died during the evacuation.

A major fire forced rescue workers to evacuate at least 200 people from Brazil’s main hospital in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday night. Some of the people that authorities evacuated were wheeled out in their beds and two women who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 died during the evacuation.

During a press conference, fire department spokesman Lauro Boto told local reporters that the fire began in the basement of one of the several buildings that make up the famous Bonsucesso Federal Hospital, and pointed out that it sent dense black smoke pouring into the sky. 

Boto said that firefighters eventually doused the flames, adding that an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

The hospital said in a statement that patients fled the hospital in wheelchairs and on crutches, while hospital workers rolled some out to safety in their beds. The hospital added that the patients who died were 42 years old and 82 years old.

In 2019, a public defender’s report issued a report citing a lack of smoke detectors and other fire prevention measures at the Bonsucesso Federal hospital, pointing out that patients and medical staff were at risk.

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