Fire in Saudi hospital kills 25

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Fire in the intensive care ward of a hospital in Jazan, Saudi Arabia has killed at least 25 people and injured more than 100 others. Diane Hodges reports.

Fire in Saudi hospital kills 25

Officials say the fire broke out at Jazan General Hospital before dawn.

The flames swept through the intensive care unit and the maternity ward on the first floor, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than a 100 others.

Saudi Arabia’s government-controlled television says at least one of the victims was a child.

The injured were transferred to private and general hospitals in the area.

As they assess the damage, Saudi authorities have also begun an investigation into the cause of the fire.

They say it swept through the hospital in just 3 minutes, and that it may have been triggered by an electrical malfunction…although critics say it was more likely the result of official neglect and that the health minister should resign.

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