At least 19 people are dead after two oxygen tanks exploded at a Baghdad hospital sparking an enormous fire.
At least 19 people died in a hospital fire in Baghdad on Saturday night after oxygen tanks exploded, two health officials at the hospital told CNN.
Officials are still trying to figure out how many were wounded in the explosion at Ibn al-Khatib Hospital, but they say there are "many."
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Social media videos show a chaotic scene as firefighters scramble to put out the blaze and health workers try to help evacuate patients.
People from all over Iraq are referred to the hospital in southeastern Baghdad, including many with Covid-19.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sent his condolences to the victims of the Baghdad hospital fire and is ordering an immediate investigation, according to his office.
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"Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces @MAKadhimi mourns the martyrs of the tragic accident that occurred in Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital in the capital Baghdad," the Iraqi Prime Minister's office tweeted early on Sunday morning.
"Mr Al-Khadimi ordered an immediate investigation into the causes of the accident with the people in charge in the Ministry (of health) and he ordered to summon the hospital's manager, the security manager (of the hospital) and those responsible for maintaining the equipment in the hospital to immediately investigate with them on the background of the accident ... until the investigations are completed and all those who are negligent are held accountable."
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/at-least-19-killed-in-massive-baghdad-hospital-fire-oxygen-tanks/c66298da-bbf4-4772-86b9-bcfa9253ce2e