Number of fire victims in the COVID hospital in Tetovo is growing VIDEO
At least 14 people were killed in a fire that engulfed a modular, temporary COVID hospital in the center of the Macedonian city of Tetovo on Wednesday night.Source: Tanjug
The fire, which broke out around 9 pm, was extinguished.
The bodies of the victims were transferred to the forensic center, and an investigation was launched, reports the Telma portal. There are also injured who were transferred to Skopje. Footage on social media shows the hospital building on fire and a thick cloud of black smoke rising into the air near the main road in Tetovo, adds the BBC. The fire was extinguished by seven fire trucks with the crew of 30 firefighters.
According to Telma, citing unnamed sources, the fire destroyed everything in front of it, even the metal water pipes, as well as one vehicle a few meters away from the hospital. Macedonian Minister of Health, Venko Filipče, was also on the spot.
On Twitter, Filipče expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. "This is a very sad day," Filipce said, adding that several patients were rushed to a hospital in Skopje. Filipce described the fire as a "terrible accident", without giving details.
Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev also spoke about the accident, saying that the cause of the fire was an explosion and that an investigation was underway. He stated that the fire was extinguished, but that many lives were extinguished with it. He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims on Facebook and said that an investigation had been launched.
Construction irregularities reported
The hospital in Tetovo was built recently, and some irregularities were reported during its construction in April this year.
According to the Macedonian portal Alsat in the Albanian language, the reported failures were related to some infrastructural works, which the company that performed the construction works said it would correct them.
Makedonya'nın Tetovo (Kalkandelen) şehrinde bir Covid-19 hastanesinde çıkan yangında;— Mustafa B’49 (@MustafaB49) September 8, 2021
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