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Ukraine: Three intensive care patients were killed in a hospital fire that was started by a candle lit to remember a recent Covid-19 death. Four more people are being treated for severe burns as a result of the fire in Kosiv, western Ukraine, on Tuesday. According to officials, it started when a member of staff lit a candle near five oxygen concentrators, which immediately caught fire.

It is the latest in a series of deadly hospital fires that have occurred during the pandemic. Pure oxygen in hospital cylinders, which has been heavily relied on to treat Covid-19 patients, is highly flammable.

Ukraine: Accidental hospital fire during memorial kills 3

According to local emergency services, “ignorance of the elementary laws of physics and disregard for safety rules have resulted in irreparable losses.”

According to Interfax, the incident is being investigated by the local prosecutor’s office. According to a statement, two women and a man were killed, and three doctors were burned.

The bodies of two dead (bedridden patients) were discovered in the ward where the fire happened, according to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service, and four medical professionals were injured, two of whom were seriously injured and two of whom were in a moderately critical condition. The victims were sent to the hospital with burns.

Oxygen cylinders are thought to have played a role in several hospital fires during the Covid-19 pandemic, both in Ukraine and elsewhere. Two deadly hospital fires occurred in Ukraine in February.

Meanwhile, at least 14 people were killed in North Macedonia in September when a fire engulfed a makeshift hospital treating coronavirus patients. Officials said at the time that they suspected oxygen cylinders had exploded. A fire in Gaziantep, Turkey, killed ten people last December, and a similar fire in Peatra Niamt, Romania, will kill ten people in November 2020.

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