An ICU of St. Petersburg, Russia saw the death of five COVID-19 patients when a ventilator caught fire, on Tuesday, reported news agencies.
A News agency quoted a source as saying that the patients had died from inhaling toxic substances released by the fire in the intensive-care unit located on the 6th floor of the hospital in the Vyborgsky district.
Rescue teams reportedly took 150 people to safety. Authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into criminal negligence leading to death. Much of Russia’s health care infrastructure is outdated, and the COVID-19 pandemic has put it under considerable strain.
Tuesday’s fire was the second such incident within a few days in Russia. On Saturday, a fire in the intensive-care unit in a Moscow hospital killed one COVID-19 patient and led to the evacuation of some 200 other people.