At Least Nine People Dead after Romanian Hospital Catches Fire

Local authorities said on Friday that at least nine people died after a fire broke out at a COVID-19 hospital in Romania, the third fatal hospital fire in less than a year for the Balkan state.

According to Romania’s regulatory agency for emergency efforts, all other patients and staff from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in the port city of Constanta were swiftly evacuated from the site of the blaze and the fire was already put out.

“We confirm that there are dead people,” the health ministry said in a press briefing, adding that it will provide additional information at a news conference at an unspecified time.

Interim Health Minister Cseke Attila told reporters that 113 patients were present in the medical unit of the hospital when the fire broke out, including 10 who were in the intensive care unit.

Romania has already recorded two other deadly hospital fires since late 2020. In January, a fire that broke out in a COVID-19 hospital in the capital Bucharest took the lives of at least five patients. Another blaze happened at a hospital in the northern town of Piatra Neamt last November, killing 10 people.

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