A fire broke out Friday morning at a hospital in Romania’s port city of Constanta, leaving an unspecified number of people dead, authorities said.
Evacuation efforts are underway at the site of the blaze; at Constanta’s Hospital for Infectious Diseases as emergency services race to evacuate patients and staff.
“We confirm that there are dead people,” the health ministry said in a statement; also adding that more details will be given at a news conference at an unspecified time.
The health ministry said that 113 patients were in the medical unit of the hospital; 10 of whom were intensive care unit patients.
Romania, a European Union country of 19 million, has had two other deadly hospital fires within the past year; which has raised concerns about the country’s ageing hospital infrastructure.
Last November, 10 people died after a fire tore through an intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients in the northern town of Piatra Neamt.
Another blaze in January also engulfed a ward at Bucharest’s Matei Bals hospital, killing at least 5 people.
After the Matei Bals fire, President Klaus Iohannis called for urgent as well as “profound” reform.
He said tragedies like it “must not happen again.”