21 people killed in hospital fire in China’s Beijing

A total of 71 people were evacuated and transferred after the rescue work

April 18, 2023 07:15 pm | Updated April 19, 2023 01:27 pm IST - BEIJING

Police officers and security guards gather outside the barricaded hospital following a fire at a hospital in Beijing on April 19, 2023. More than a dozen people have died in a fire at a Beijing hospital that forced the evacuation of dozens of patients on Tuesday, Chinese state media reported.

Police officers and security guards gather outside the barricaded hospital following a fire at a hospital in Beijing on April 19, 2023. More than a dozen people have died in a fire at a Beijing hospital that forced the evacuation of dozens of patients on Tuesday, Chinese state media reported. | Photo Credit: AP

Twenty-one people were killed after a fire broke out in the east wing of the inpatient department of a hospital in China's capital Beijing, the Beijing Daily reported on April 18.

The fire broke out at around 12:57 p.m.(0457 GMT) and was extinguished at around 13:33 p.m. after an emergency team rushed to the scene of the accident in Beijing's Changfeng Hospital, according to the Beijing Daily.

A total of 71 people were evacuated and transferred after the rescue work. As of 6 p.m. (1000 GMT), 21 had died after being transferred to hospital for treatment, the Beijing Daily reported.

"It's tragic. I can see the accident from the window of my house. A lot of people were standing on the air conditioning unit at noon, and some even jumped off," said a Weibo netizen.

Hospital fires are rare in China, and the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

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