Fire erupts in intensive care unit at St. Petersburg hospital

Fire erupts in intensive care unit at St. Petersburg hospital

Five people have been killed in a fire that took place at St. George Hospital in St. Petersburg, a source in the emergency services said.

"Five patients put on artificial ventilation machines were killed in the fire," the source said.

The fire has been contained. "Its area reached 10 square meters," the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s press service said. The press service confirmed that there are casualties, but did not provide the exact number of people killed. "150 people have been evacuated," TASS cited the press service as saying.

The area of the fire reached 10 square meters. Criminal proceedings have been launched on charges of manslaughter. 

According to a source in the emergency services, the fire may have been caused due to one of the ventilation machines short circuiting.

 A source in the emergency services said that firefighters have extinguished the fire in an intensive care unit at the hospital.

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