ICU death trap: One patient dies, 300 evacuated after fire breaks out at Covid-19 hospital in Moscow (VIDEOS)
The fire broke out at Moscow’s Hospital No.50 late on Saturday. Footage from the scene shows a massive plume of gray smoke billowing from the building.
Mask-wearing police have been preventing anyone but emergency services from entering the area.
The hospital is said to have some 800 beds specifically for coronavirus patients. The fire prompted the evacuation of some 295 people from the building, both patients and medical workers.
According to media reports, the blaze started in an intensive care unit after a leaking oxygen canister caught fire. Five patients were evacuated from the ICU, but a sixth died.
На севере Москвы горит больница. Сейчас медики эвакуируют пациентов в соседнее здание. Площадь пожара пока не ясна. На месте работают экстренные службы pic.twitter.com/9HsGCYT3bs— lifenews_ru (@lifenews_ru) May 9, 2020
While the fire was promptly extinguished, there is still a large presence of emergency services at the scene. The damaged block of the hospital remains cordoned off.
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