Six killed in Malaysia hospital fire
SIX people died in a fire that swept through the intensive care unit of a major hospital in Malaysia, officials said yesterday.
Mohamad Rizal Buang, a senior fire officer in the southern state of Johor, said the blaze at Johor Baru’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital was contained after more than two hours.
Photographs posted on Facebook by the Malaysian health ministry’s director general Noor Hisham Abdullah showed black smoke billowing from the hospital’s second floor and fire raging inside the building.
“I have been informed that there are victims due to the fire including patients and staff. A sad day for all of us,” he said in a text message to AFP.
Mr Noor Hisham also said one patient and two hospital staff are in critical condition due to smoke inhalation and burns.
He said other patients were being sent to nearby hospitals, adding that “faulty wiring or a short circuit might be the cause but that needed to be confirmed”.
Opened in 1982, the hospital is one of the busiest in Malaysia based on patient load. –