Four dead and 200 evacuated by a fire in a hospital in Rome


The fire, which broke out tonight, has forced the evacuation of two hundred people who were admitted.

The hospital, after the fire.
The hospital, after the fire.AP

Four people have died in the fire that broke out last night, around 10:30 p.m., in the San Giovanni Evangelista hospital in Tivolion the outskirts of Rome.

These are four elderly people, two men and two women. The first victim was discovered in the cardiology room during the intervention of the firefighters, while others were in other rooms of the hospital. There are also two injured people in serious condition and more than 200 patients, including some children, have been evacuated. The prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation and an autopsy will be performed on the victims’ bodies to determine the causes of death.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and it was not extinguished until late in the morning. The more than 200 patients evacuated, among them seven children, were transferred out of the building: the most serious were immediately transferred to other hospitals, the less serious were temporarily housed in the Maramotti municipal gymnasium, waiting to be admitted to other health centers. In addition to being severely damaged, the building was filled with smoke. Numerous teams of firefighters, police and carabinieri attended the scene.

The flames started on floor -3

The fire, according to sources from the rescue services, started in the outpatient clinics. These rooms are located on the -3rd floor of the hospital and from there the flames would have reached the emergency room and the intensive care unit. Other rooms would not have been affected, but The smoke, very dense, invaded the entire it was necessary to evacuate the entire center, which now risks being closed for a long period of time, both to clean the facilities and because the power lines and service facilities are seriously damaged.

The town hall of Tivoli, in a press release, took stock of the transferred patients and the help: “Patients admitted to intensive care have been transferred to other rooms,” they explained. “The non-serious patients have been transferred first to the hospital wing that is still accessible, and then to the adjacent Maramotti municipal gym, which has heating and has been equipped by the municipal civil protection teams with blankets, pillows and cots. The gym municipal Maramotti is used as a “transit” place for patients who will wait here to be transferred by ambulance to other hospital centers,” they assert.

The anger of relatives: “We want clarity”

“We want clarity about the causes of our mother’s death. They told us that she died when the fire broke out, but not because of the smoke. She was 84 years old and had a lung problem; she was admitted to the third floor three days ago. “Now her body is in the hospital chapel because it was not possible to take her to the funeral home.” This is how the relatives of Giuseppina Virginia Facca, one of the victims of the fire, speak.

“They have told us that our mother did not die because of the fire, although the death occurred at the same time. We want the truth, we found out about her death from a local news program,” Olga Ilari, one of the daughters, vented in front of the hospital, waiting to see his mother’s body.

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