Six killed in Malaysia hospi­tal fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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