Explosion and fire evacuated COVID-hospital in Russia (VIDEO)

Explosion and fire evacuated COVID-hospital in Russia.

More than 150 patients were evacuated today from a coronavirus-adapted hospital in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the southern Urals after an oxygen bottle explosion and a fire, Reuters reported, citing the emergency ministry.

The head of the ministry's department in the Chelyabinsk region, Pavel Ekimov, was quoted as saying by TASS that there was no explosion, but a flame due to the depressurization of an oxygen cylinder.

When the firefighters arrived, a two-by-two-meter outbuilding was burning, where oxygen cylinders were stored. During the fire, one of the bottles leaked, as a result of which the fire intensified and also covered the hospital building and a neighboring residential building, he explained. Ekimov clarified that 158 ​​patients and 40 staff were evacuated from the hospital, and 25 people from the residential building.

According to preliminary information, no one was injured. The health ministry said the 158 patients had been transferred to other hospitals. More than 200 people and 65 units of equipment were sent to the scene. The fire is now completely extinguished

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