June 3, 2020 / 7:45 AM / 2 months ago

One person killed in St Petersburg hospital fire: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One person was killed after a fire broke out at a St Petersburg hospital treating patients with infectious diseases, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Officials from the emergency services said the blaze broke out in the bedding of a patient with hepatitis, the TASS news agency reported. An official told the RIA news agency that the patient had been smoking.

A deadly fire at a Russian hospital last month was attributed to ventilators used to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Toby Chopra

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