Fire at the largest hospital in Rio de Janeiro: 200 patients evacuated

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It is the largest in the public network. Among the evacuees there are infected with coronavirus. Rio is one of the states most affected by Covid-19.

About 200 patients, including those infected with coronavirus, were evacuated this Tuesday after a fire registered in the Federal Hospital of Bonsucesso, in the Brazilian town of Rio de Janeiro, which caused great commotion and chaos, firefighters reported.

The hospital is the biggest of the public network of Rio de Janeiro, suffered the fire after 9 in the morning in a sector of diaper warehouses.

Doctors and nurses with the help of firefighters evacuated patients in their mobile beds and so far no fatalities have been recorded.

“My grandmother was inside the hospital and when I arrived she was in a mechanical workshop next to the hospital,” said a woman interviewed by the Globonews channel.

A fire department spokesman said there were no deaths and that 25 critically ill were transferred immediately.

Some 170 patients were transferred to another building of the hospital itself.

According to the spokesperson, eight of the evacuees were patients undergoing coronavirus treatment.

The doctors union protested there is no protocol evacuation of patients and health professionals.

The Fire Department investigates whether the hospital had fire safety protocols.

The fire broke out around 9.40 am in Pradio I of the hospital, located in the north of Rio de Janeiro, where smoke continued to come out shortly after 12 noon.

“We are trying to open the campaign hospital (in Riocentro) for transfers, we have 12 ambulances ready to remove the victims,” ​​said Lauro Botto, spokesman for the Fire Department.

The spokesperson said that the flames were controlled around 11:45, but at noon, 90 troops continued working due to the existence of still incandescent lights.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the states most affected by Covid-19 with more than 20 fatalities and about 300 thousand infected.

One of the priorities of the firefighters at noon on Tuesday was to reduce the temperature of the affected area to avoid the explosion of the oxygen tanks deposited there.

According to the first information, the fire would have started in the subsoil of Premises I of the medical center where some 2 thousand people per day.

Source: agencies

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