At least 10 dead in Rio de Janeiro hospital fire: Fire service

At least 10 dead in Rio de Janeiro hospital fire: Fire service

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RIO DE JANERIO ( BRAZIL): At least 10 people have died in a fire in a
hospital in Rio de Janeiro, the fire service in the Brazilian city said, with
preliminary reports suggesting a short circuit in a generator could have
sparked the blaze.
The fire broke out at dusk Thursday at the Badim hospital in the north of
Rio, sending medical staff and relatives into a desperate flurry to try to
evacuate scores of patients.
“At least 10 people died,” the Rio de Janeiro fire department said in a
statement, without specifying whether the victims were patients or
workers.
“About 90 patients had to be transferred to other medical units.” The blaze was brought under control by 8:00 pm (2300 GMT),
and firefighters searched until the early hours of Friday to recover bodies from the scene.
During the evacuation effort, dozens of gurneys and stretchers were taken into surrounding streets as ambulances struggled to
get through crowds of curious onlookers to rush the most vulnerable patients to other hospitals.
“I was able to take my mother out of her room and when we got to the fire escape, there were a lot of people running around,”
lawyer Carlos Otorelo, whose 93-year-old mother is being treated for pneumonia, told the UOL news website

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