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Death toll in fire at Iraqi COVID-19 hospital surpasses 80


April 26, 2021

Anmar Khalil, Associated Press

Mourners pray near the coffin of a coronavirus patient that was killed in a hospital fire, during his funeral at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Sunday, April 25, 2021. Iraqis Interior Ministry said Sunday that over 80 people died and over 100 were injured in a catastrophic fire that broke out in the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital tending to severe coronavirus patients in the early morning Sunday.

BAGHDAD - The death toll from a massive fire at a Baghdad hospital for coronavirus patients rose to at least 82 Sunday as anxious families searched for missing relatives and the government suspended key health officials for alleged negligence.

The flames, described by one witness as "volcanoes of fire," swept through the intensive care unit of the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital, which tends exclusively to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms. Officials said the blaze, which also injured 110 people, was set off by an exploding oxygen cylinder.

Nurse Maher Ahmed was called to the scene late Saturday to help evacuate patients.


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