MOSCOW: Smoke rising from a coronavirus hospital in Moscow was caused by a loss of pressure in an oxygen tank at a building under construction and no staff or patients had been at risk, the city’s health department said on Wednesday.
Russia has already experienced fires at coronavirus facilities, with more than 150 patients evacuated from a temporary hospital in October following an oxygen explosion and five patients killed in May when an overloaded ventilator started a fire in an intensive care unit in St Petersburg.
“There were no patients in this block. There were no casualties. The relevant services are correcting the malfunction. There is no threat to patients and hospital staff,” the Moscow health ministry said in a statement.
According to the emergencies ministry, an oxygen pipe lost pressure during installation work. The building was not being used as a hospital, it said.
Footage from NTV showed fire engines on the scene and smoke rising above the complex into the night sky.
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