Two pensioners die after hospital blaze
9 September 2004, VALENCIA – Two elderly patients died after a blaze at a hospital, authorities said Thursday.
9 September 2004
VALENCIA – Two elderly patients died after a blaze at a hospital, authorities said Thursday.
The patients, aged 78 and 74, died from medical conditions not directly linked to the fire.
Both had been rescued from the fire, but died shortly after.
The fire started at about 8am at the Orihuela Hospital in Orihuela, near Alicante in south-eastern Spain.
Six patients who were in intensive care had to be moved and 114 others were taken to other hospitals in Alicante, Torrevieja and Murcia.
Another 55 people with minor medical problems were taken to other hospitals to ensure they were not injured by the heavy smoke caused by the blaze.
In all 231 patients were moved from the hospital, some sitting outside in the car park in wheelchairs or beds until they could be moved elsewhere.
The blaze started in a warehouse in the basement in the old part of the hospital.
Other patients in the more modern part of the hospital were able to stay in their beds despite the fire.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news