KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 25, 2016: Six people die in a fire at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru this morning.
State Fire and Rescue Department director Othman Abdullah was quoted as saying that the victims are all patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) section of the hospital.
National news agency Bernama first quoted the number of casualties found at the section of the hospital which was heavily damaged by the fire based on the department’s official Twitter account, at 11.35am.
The fire was believed to have started on the second floor of the hospital’s ICU about 9am.
Meanwhile, New Straits Times reported that the fire had triggered the evacuation of hundreds of patients and staffs.
The report also mentioned that patients were being carried out of the building through staircases in the main building, as the use of the hospital’s elevators was discouraged.
The patients of the maternity ward, located next to the ICU and other wards, were also evacuated and patients were seen being led away from the building.
Patients and staff gathered in the compound of a nearby polyclinic, as well as other parts of the hospital, as nurses led a head count and attended to the patients.
The fire was fully brought under control about 11.20am.