At least six dead after fire sweeps through intensive care unit of Malaysia hospital

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 5:42pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 5:42pm

Six people died in a fire that swept through the intensive care unit of a major hospital in Malaysia, officials said on Tuesday.

Mohamad Rizal Buang, a senior fire officer in the southern state of Johor, said the blaze at Johor Bahru’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital, a public facility, had been contained after more than two hours.

“Six people were killed in the fire,” he said. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the facility.

Photographs posted on Facebook by the Malaysian health ministry’s director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah showed black smoke billowing from the hospital’s second floor and fire raging inside the building.

“I have been informed that there are victims due to the fire including patients and staff. A sad day for all of us,” he said in an SMS message to AFP.

Noor Hisham also said one patient and two hospital staff are in critical condition due to smoke inhalation injuries and burns. He said other patients were being sent to nearby hospitals.

Health Minister S. Subramaniam said 10 hospital staff also suffered injuries.

Johor police official Sulaiman Salleh said the bodies of four women and two men have been recovered from the hospital. He said an initial probe showed that faulty wiring may have started the fire.

Opened in 1982, the hospital is one of the busiest in Malaysia based on patient load.

Additional reporting by Associated Press