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Hospital fire kills 9 people in Iran’s Rasht

Hospital fire kills 9 people in Iran’s Rasht
posted onJune 18, 2024

At least nine patients died Tuesday when a fire tore through a hospital in Iran's northern city of Rasht, state media said.

The fire at Ghaem Hospital broke out at 1:30 am (2200 GMT on Monday), state broadcaster IRIB said, adding that investigators were working to determine what had caused it.

"Unfortunately, nine people lost their lives in this fire accident," said Mohammad Taghi Ashobi, president of the Gilan University of Medical Sciences in Rasht.

He told state TV that "most of the patients who died... were hospitalised in the intensive care unit".

In November 2023, a massive blaze ripped through a drug rehab centre in Langarud city, also in Gilan province, killing 32 people.