Another fire play at a corona station in Iraq.
According to initial reports, at least 41 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital in the south of the country. Ammar Bashar, a spokeswoman for the Southern The Car Provincial Health Commission, confirmed the figures.
The hospital is located in Nasiriyah, in the province of The Car, 370 kilometers south of the capital Baghdad. According to Bashar, there were 63 Govt patients in the isolation ward of the hospital.
When black smoke rose on the building, dozens of people ran to help those in the hospital. The bodies of the victims were recovered after the fire was extinguished. The search for more victims continues.
Witnesses told a German newspaper that the fire was caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder, but initially there was no official confirmation. The cabinet said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qasimi held an emergency meeting with several ministers and security officials to inquire into the cause of the fire.
Civil Defense teams from surrounding provinces were called in to assist in the city of Nasiriyah and were able to put out the fire, Civil Defense Chief Qadim Bohan said in a statement.
People died of severe burns. It is said that 16 patients may have been saved from the burning ward.
In April, a deadly fire broke out at a corona clinic in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing 82 people and wounding 110 others. The then health minister, Hassan al-Tamimi, resigned in response to the fire, which was said to have been caused by improper storage of oxygen bottles.