Fire at Istanbul hospital extinguished, no casualties

Fire at Istanbul hospital extinguished, no casualties

A fire at a hospital in Istanbul on April 5 rapidly engulfed the building’s exterior cladding, but officials said it had not spread inside and there were no reports of casualties.

"The fire has been partly brought under control. In terms of casualties, there are none so far," Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told CNN Turk, adding that 70 patients were evacuated.

"There is no fire inside the building. The fire erupted on the exterior of the building, but there is of course smoke inside," Reuters cited the governor as saying.

Fire chief Ali Karahan said that doctors in the hospital’s intensive care units had continued to work through the incident, helped by fire crews. Thirty-five fire trucks and 120 firefighters attended the blaze, he said.

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