A view shows firefighting vehicles following an accident in a hospital in Ryazan, Russia June 9th, 2021. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the region of Ryazan conducted a German (REUTERS) handout via REUTERS on May 11, 2018.
Three people were killed on Wednesday in a blaze which broke out at a Russian hospital treating patients with COVID -19, according to the authorities. One official claimed that a faulty ventilator was to blame.
Since the pandemic began, Russia reported multiple fires in intensive care units that doctors said were caused by faulty ventilators used to treat people seriously ill with the virus.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday in a hospital in Moscow, about 180 kilometers from Ryazan, in a dedicated section for COVID-19 patients.
The Governor of the region, Nikolai Lyubimov, told state television that a ventilator in the ward was damaged and overheated, reported Interfax news agency.
The nurses tried to extinguish the blaze, but were unsuccessful in doing so, with some of them suffering severe burns, the governor said.
The Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes, said it had opened a criminal case to determine whether the fire was caused by negligence. It said that investigation was the different reasons for blaze.