12 sufferers amongst 14 lifeless in COVID unit blaze

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Forensic specialists have recognized the 14 victims of a hearth in a COVID-19 subject hospital in North Macedonia as 12 sufferers and two visiting kinfolk, authorities stated Friday.



Forensic experts investigate the site at a burned out makeshift hospital after a fire in North Macedonia's northwestern city of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The blaze occurred late Wednesday at the makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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Forensic specialists examine the positioning at a burned out makeshift hospital after a hearth in North Macedonia’s northwestern metropolis of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The blaze occurred late Wednesday on the makeshift hospital for COVID-19 sufferers. (AP Picture/Visar Kryeziu)



Police officers secure the site of a burned out makeshift hospital following a fire in North Macedonia's northwestern city of Tetovo, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. North Macedonia’s government has declared three days of mourning after a deadly overnight fire in a COVID-19 field hospital left more than 10 people dead and many injured. The blaze broke out late Wednesday where a hospital had been set up following a recent spike in infections in the region that left local hospitals full. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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Cops safe the positioning of a burned out makeshift hospital following a hearth in North Macedonia’s northwestern metropolis of Tetovo, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. North Macedonia’s authorities has declared three days of mourning after a lethal in a single day hearth in a COVID-19 subject hospital left greater than 10 folks lifeless and lots of injured. The blaze broke out late Wednesday the place a hospital had been arrange following a current spike in infections within the area that left native hospitals full. (AP Picture/Visar Kryeziu)

The hearth broke out late Wednesday within the western city of Tetovo, destroying the ability inside a couple of minutes. Twelve folks had been additionally injured. The blaze is believed to have began by chance, though an investigation remains to be underneath approach. Witnesses and officers have stated an explosion preceded the hearth.



Residents gather as the police officers secure the site of a burned out makeshift hospital following a fire in North Macedonia's northwestern city of Tetovo,Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. North Macedonia’s government has declared three days of mourning after a deadly overnight fire in a COVID-19 field hospital left more than 10 people dead and many injured. The blaze broke out late Wednesday where a hospital had been set up following a recent spike in infections in the region that left local hospitals full. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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Residents collect because the cops safe the positioning of a burned out makeshift hospital following a hearth in North Macedonia’s northwestern metropolis of Tetovo,Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. North Macedonia’s authorities has declared three days of mourning after a lethal in a single day hearth in a COVID-19 subject hospital left greater than 10 folks lifeless and lots of injured. The blaze broke out late Wednesday the place a hospital had been arrange following a current spike in infections within the area that left native hospitals full. (AP Picture/Visar Kryeziu)

The general public prosecutor’s workplace stated the lifeless had been eight girls and 6 males who ranged in age between 29 and 78.

The top of Tetovo’s COVID-19 heart, Gzim Nuredini, stated the hearth unfold in a short time.

“All of it lasted three to 5 minutes,” Nuredini stated, including that medical employees and sufferers’ kinfolk who had been outdoors all tried to assist extinguish the flames.

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Prosecutors from Tetovo and the capital, Skopje, had been gathering video materials from inside and across the hospital, and have employed {an electrical} engineering professional to assist decide how the blaze broke out.



A worker pushes charred beds at the site of destroyed field hospital following a fire in North Macedonia's northwestern city of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The government of North Macedonia will hold an emergency meeting Thursday over a fire overnight that ripped through a field hospital set up to treat COVID-19 patients, leaving numerous people dead. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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A employee pushes charred beds on the website of destroyed subject hospital following a hearth in North Macedonia’s northwestern metropolis of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The federal government of North Macedonia will maintain an emergency assembly Thursday over a hearth in a single day that ripped by way of a subject hospital set as much as deal with COVID-19 sufferers, leaving quite a few folks lifeless. (AP Picture/Visar Kryeziu)

Medical employees and witnesses have additionally been questioned, and prosecutors have ordered the confiscation of all documentation on the development of the ability to test for potential omissions.

Fires in COVID-19 hospitals or wards have price dozens of lives in different nations, together with Iraq and Romania.

Nineteen subject hospitals, funded by a World Financial institution mortgage, have been arrange throughout North Macedonia over the previous yr to deal with surging coronavirus hospitalizations and a scarcity of hospital beds. Well being Minister Venko Filipce has stated all 19 had been constructed based on the specs and requirements laid out by the World Financial institution as a situation for the mortgage.



A police officer secures the site of a burned out makeshift hospital following a fire in North Macedonia's northwestern city of Tetovo, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. North Macedonia’s government has declared three days of mourning after a deadly overnight fire in a COVID-19 field hospital left more than 10 people dead and many injured. The blaze broke out late Wednesday where a hospital had been set up following a recent spike in infections in the region that left local hospitals full. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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A police officer secures the positioning of a burned out makeshift hospital following a hearth in North Macedonia’s northwestern metropolis of Tetovo, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. North Macedonia’s authorities has declared three days of mourning after a lethal in a single day hearth in a COVID-19 subject hospital left greater than 10 folks lifeless and lots of injured. The blaze broke out late Wednesday the place a hospital had been arrange following a current spike in infections within the area that left native hospitals full. (AP Picture/Visar Kryeziu)

North Macedonia has stated it’s accepting a proposal from different NATO allies to ship hearth specialists. The federal government introduced {that a} group from Germany’s Federal Legal Police Workplace will be a part of the investigation.

President Stevo Pendarovski has stated the investigation could be accomplished inside 5 days, and that indications are the hearth was not set intentionally.

North Macedonia’s authorities has declared three days of mourning from Thursday.



Police officers gather at the site of a destroyed field hospital following a fire in North Macedonia's northwestern city of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The government of North Macedonia will hold an emergency meeting Thursday over a fire overnight that ripped through a field hospital set up to treat COVID-19 patients, leaving numerous people dead. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)


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Cops collect on the website of a destroyed subject hospital following a hearth in North Macedonia’s northwestern metropolis of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The federal government of North Macedonia will maintain an emergency assembly Thursday over a hearth in a single day that ripped by way of a subject hospital set as much as deal with COVID-19 sufferers, leaving quite a few folks lifeless. (AP Picture/Visar Kryeziu)

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