At least 10 dead, dozens feared injured as Covid hospital ERUPTS INTO FLAMES in North Macedonia
The fire was extinguished after a few hours.It was unclear how many patients were in the hospital when the fire broke out around 9 p.m. (1900 GMT), a senior govt official told #Reuters, declining to be named.#Tetovo#Macedonia#CovidHospitalFirepic.twitter.com/Ju77xf5MHR— 🌎 Sarwar 🌐 (@ferozwala) September 8, 2021
The fire broke out around 9pm local time (7pm GMT) and promptly swept through the makeshift hospital. Flames ravaging the building and thick black smoke billowing from the site could be seen from afar.
10 people have been confirmed dead in the blaze so far, but the number could rise. This is a very sad day," Health Minister #VenkoFilipce said on #Twitter.Local media showed images of a huge blaze at the hospital in the town's west #Tetovo#Macedonia#CovidHospitalFirepic.twitter.com/x721bdokj6— 🌎 Sarwar 🌐 (@ferozwala) September 8, 2021
North Macedonian Health Minister Venko Filipce confirmed that at least 10 people perished in the blaze, adding that the number of the victims could climb further.
He cautioned against speculation about the number of injured people, noting that doctors “have been fighting” for the lives of the survivors amid reports that several dozen people might have suffered injuries in the incident.
It is so far unclear how many people were inside the hospital as the fire ignited. It is also unknown what has caused the fire, which reportedly raged for over an hour before being extinguished.
Tetovo, an Albanian-majority town of some 65,000 people, has reported a spike in Covid-19 cases, and currently has the second-highest number of infections in the country.
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