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17 Oct 2019 18:48
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  •   Home > News > Environment

    Fire races through Rio de Janeiro hospital, killing at least 11 and forcing staff to wheel patients into street

    A fire has raced through a hospital in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on stretchers or in wheelchairs and killing at least 11 people, many of them elderly


    Four firefighters were admitted to hospital after battling the overnight blaze at Badim Hospital and about 90 patients were transferred to other hospitals.

    Most victims died of asphyxiation as smoke filled the wards, and some died when life support equipment stopped working in the fire.

    When firefighters arrived, they evacuated people but it was more difficult to move patients who were hooked up to medical equipment.

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