The Ibn Khatib hospital after the fire. Photograph: The A&O Board PSF

BAGHDAD-(MaraviPost)-At least 27 people were killed after fire broke out at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of the Iraqi capital that cared for coronavirus patients on late Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The head of Iraqi civil defense unit, Major General Kadhim Bohan said the fire broke out in the floor designated for the pulmonary intensive care unit.

General Bohan added that at least 90 out of the 120 patients who were in the hospital at the time of the fire were rescued from the blaze.

Although the actual cause of the fire is still unknown, initial reports revealed that the inferno started after an oxygen tank exploded.

The Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate however, said extinguishing work in the hospital was complete and an investigation was initiated.

Nearly 46 people who were injured in the fire were transported to the nearby hospitals for assistance, Reuters reported.

Patients not injured in the incident were also being transferred out of the hospital.

Iraq’s healthcare system has been in shambles after decades of sanctions, war and neglect and even stretched further following the coronavirus crisis.

Meanwhile, Iraq has a total of 102,5288 infected by the novel corona virus including 15,217 reported deaths.

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