Many Dead after a Huge Fire in a Hospital in Beijing

World | April 19, 2023, Wednesday // 09:05|  views

An investigation was launched today after a fire engulfed a hospital in the Chinese capital, Beijing, killing 21 people, state media said.

Emergency crews first received word shortly before 1:00 p.m. (05:00 GMT) that a fire had broken out at Beijing Changfeng Hospital in the capital's Fengtai district, the Communist Party-run newspaper "Beijing Daily" reported.

The fire was extinguished about half an hour later, and rescue operations continued for another two hours, by which time 71 patients had been evacuated elsewhere.

On Tuesday, social media users posted videos showing people sitting on outdoor air conditioners and others clinging to ropes jumping from the building.

As of Wednesday morning, the death toll was 29, the newspaper reported.

There were no further details on the number of people injured in the fire or the condition of the victims.

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