A hearth in a Brazilian hospital has killed at the very least 11 individuals.
Sufferers from the non-public Badim Hospital in northern Rio de Janeiro had been evacuated, as thick smoke unfold by means of the constructing on Thursday night time.
Folks on stretchers stuffed the pavements of the encircling streets, earlier than being moved to an alternate location.
A number of the sufferers had been within the intensive care unit.
One lady instructed Globo information web site 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 might get in there, I would get it myself,” she instructed Globo information web site.
A witness, Fatima Chavier, instructed Reuters it was a panicked scene because the sufferers waited for fireplace crews. “Plenty of individuals wished to leap [out of the hospital building]… There was a whole 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 underneath management two hours later, in keeping with native media.
An investigation is underneath approach. The hospital’s administration mentioned they consider it was brought on by a brief circuit in a generator.