Three newborns die in fire at Bucharest hospital

11:16, August 17, 2010      

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Rescuers evacuate pregnant women from Giulesti Maternity hospital in northwestern Bucharest, capital of Romania, Aug. 16, 2010. Three newborns died in fire after an explosion and another eight infants were in very serious condition. (Xinhua/Agerpres)

Three newborns died in an explosion Monday evening at a Maternity Hospital in Bucharest, said Raed Arafat, Romanian under-secretary of state for health.

Another eight infants were in very serious conditions.

A raging fire broke out on Monday evening at the Giulesti Maternity of northwestern Bucharest. The fire, burning over 20-30 square meters, was started by a blast at the resuscitation ward of the hospital.

"The fire did not spread at all and was extinguished immediately," said Bucharest Emergency Services spokeswoman Anca Onofrei.

The eight seriously injured infants were brought to the downtown Grigore Alexandrescu Hospital, with burns of 30 percent to 80 percent of the body, according to hospital Director Dan Enachescu.

"We hope, but chances are minimal. Burning is the worst accident that can happen to human being," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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