54 killed in coronavirus ward fire in Iraq

World Tuesday 13/July/2021 05:16 AM
By: ANI/Sputnik
54 killed in coronavirus ward fire in Iraq
A similar fire ripped through a Baghdad hospital in April

Baghdad : The death toll from the fire at a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraq's Nasiriyah has increased to 54, the health department of the southern province of Dhi Qar has said.

"The number of casualties from the fire at the Imam Hussein Hospital in Nasiriyah has reached 54," the health department said in a statement. According to preliminary information, the fire was caused by an oxygen tank explosion. The firemen have localized the conflagration, however, some coronavirus patients remain trapped in the hospital building.