Four killed after fire breaks out at hospital

Around 200 patients, including those in intensive care, had to be evacuated.

Four killed after fire breaks out at hospital
A fire at a hospital has killed at least four (Picture: AP)
A fire at a hospital has killed at least four (Picture: AP)

At least four people have died after a fire broke out at a hospital in Italy.

The blaze erupted at St John the Evangelist hospital on the outskirts of Rome on Friday night.

Patients and staff were forced to evacuate and people in the intensive care ward at the medical centre in Tivoli were immediately rushed to other hospitals via ambulance.

Around 200 patients were moved into a nearby municipal gymnasium to await a transfer to other facilities, the Tivoli mayor’s office said.

The inferno ripped through the hospital at around 11pm Friday and was eventually brought under control.

Four people are already confirmed to have been killed, according to the local fire department.

Firefighters tackled the fire as it ripped through the hospital on Friday night (Picture: AP)
Firefighters tackled the fire as it ripped through the hospital on Friday night (Picture: AP)
Around 200 patients, including those in intensive care were evacuated (Picture: AP)
Around 200 patients, including those in intensive care were evacuated (Picture: AP)

Footage from the scene showed fire crews on ladders trying to reach the upper floors of the hospital as smoke billowed out.

Pictures showed the black charred side of the building with the fire appearing to have spread across multiple floors.

Tivoli, which is around 20 miles north-east of the centre of Rome, is a popular tourist destination.

It is best known for the archaeological sites of Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana.

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