A massive fire at a hospital near Rome has claimed four lives

Four people died as a result of a fire that broke out in a hospital in the Italian city of Tivoli, near Rome, late on Friday evening. 200 patients had to be evacuated, reports the APA agency.

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Italian firefighters spray water on the San Giovanni Evangelista hospital building after a fire broke out, killing four people, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, in Tivoli, Italy.

Local media reported that two people died of smoke inhalation and a third person suffered a heart attack. Emergency services also discovered a fourth victim who died before the fire broke out; however, the circumstances of this death were not immediately clear. They were people between 76 and 86 years old.

Two of the injured are in critical condition, local authorities said.

The causes of the fire, which was extinguished during the night on Saturday, are still unknown. According to the responding firefighters, the building is completely destroyed, La Repubblica newspaper reported. Seven children are among the more than 200 evacuated patients.

The seriously injured were taken to nearby clinics. The patients, who suffered only minor injuries, were temporarily transferred to the sports hall near the affected hospital until they can be placed in other medical facilities.

According to the first findings, the fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. on the second floor of the hospital in the city of Tivoli, in places where waste was stored. The flames quickly spread to the emergency department and the intensive care unit. There was no fire on the upper floors, but thick smoke spread there as well, so the entire building had to be evacuated.

Evacuees whose condition was the most serious were transferred to other hospitals. Those whose condition allowed it were transported to a nearby gym, where 150 makeshift beds were set up. Before the fire, the patients were also in the transfusion department, so the firefighters also saved the blood bags. The smoke also hit the post-natal intensive care unit, from where several newborns were evacuated.

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