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JOHANNESBURG: Two patients have died after a fire broke out in a corona virus ward at a North South African hospital, the health department said.
The incident took place at a hospital in Modimola, 170 kilometers (106 miles) north of Johannesburg in rural Limpopo province. “A team of firefighters … has been dispatched to the FH Ondundial Hospital in Modimola, where two patients died after a fire broke out in the hospital’s Covid 19 ward,” the Limpopo Health Department said in a statement.
“The nurses at the hospital managed to put out the fire and save the patients in the ward. Unfortunately, both of them had already died,” he added. Structural damage was avoided and the cause of the fire is being investigated.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that it was started by a patient smoking in Quebec. On April 16, a huge fire broke out at the Charlotte Mexican Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, one of the city’s coronavirus treatment centers. About 700 patients were evacuated after the blaze, which caused extensive damage to South Africa’s largest public hospitals. No injuries or deaths were reported.