A fire ripped through the Chinese coronavirus ward of a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, on Monday, killing at least 92 people, Iraq’s state news agency reported Tuesday.
The incident took place at al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, the capital of Iraq’s southeastern Dhi Qar Governorate.
“The fire began in a quarantine facility for Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] patients attached to the main hospital,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing local health officials.
“Health crews carried charred bodies out of the burning hospital while many patients were coughing from the rising smoke,” a Reuters journalist at the scene of the fire reported.
“Initial police reports suggested that an oxygen tank explosion inside the hospital’s COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] wards was the likely cause of the fire,” a Nasiriyah policeman told Reuters.
“The ward, opened three months ago, contained 70 beds in three large halls,” according to the Associated Press (AP).