Brazil: Fireplace at Rio’s Badim hospital kills 9

Employees are seen after a fire hit the Badim Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 12, 2019

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A hearth in a Brazilian hospital has killed not less than 9 individuals, in accordance with native media.


Sufferers from the personal Badim Hospital in northern Rio de Janeiro have been evacuated, as thick smoke unfold by way of the constructing on Thursday night time.

Folks on stretchers stuffed the close by streets, earlier than being moved to an alternate location.


A number of the sufferers had been within the intensive care unit.

One lady informed Globo information website that her 77-year-old father made his personal approach out of his room, however needed to depart medical tools – a neurostimulator – behind.

“It is a machine he relies on for a residing … We requested a firefighter to go get it with out this machine he will not stay. If I may get in there, I might get it myself,” she informed Globo new website.

A witness, Fatima Chavier, informed Reuters it was a panicked scene because the sufferers waited for fireplace crews. “Numerous individuals needed to leap [out of the hospital building] … There was quite a lot of smoke, plenty of individuals screaming.”

Firefighters arrived on the scene simply earlier than 18:00 native time (21:00 GMT) and the blaze was beneath management two hours later, in accordance with native media.

An investigation is beneath approach. The hospital’s administration stated they consider it was brought on by a brief circuit in a generator.

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