Fire at Romania’s COVID-19 hospital kills at least 4 people

A fire early Friday at a key hospital in Bucharest that also treats COVID-19 patients killed at least four people, AP reported. The fire broke out on the ground floor of the hospital and forced the evacuation of more than 100 people.

An unspecified number of people were injured before firefighters put out the blaze, Romanian emergency services said in a preliminary report. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

Read Arafat, the emergency department chief, said the four victims were all hospital patients. Three of them were already dead when found while rescuers tried to resuscitate the fourth victim but could not, he said.

The Balkan country of some 19m people so far has reported more than 700,000 COVID-19 cases and 18,000 deaths.

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