Fire at Modimolle hospital claims two lives

The blaze broke out at Modimolle's FH Odendaal Hospital during the early hours of Tuesday morning and two patients died.

A fire at the FH Odendaal Hospital in Modimolle in Limpopo on 4 May 2021 claimed the lives of two patients. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A fatal fire at a Limpopo hospital may have started in a COVID-19 ward.

The exact cause was still being investigated.

The blaze broke out at Modimolle's FH Odendaal Hospital during the early hours of Tuesday morning and two patients died.

The provincial Health Department said that nurses managed to extinguish the blaze and evacuate patients to a place of safety.

However, not everyone could be saved as Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba explained: "Unfortunately, in the process, we lost two patients. We tried to resuscitate them, these are the patients who were severely ill with severe respiratory distress. Some had other co-morbidities despite COVID-19."

Police fire experts and the Health Department's forensic pathology division were investigating the incident.

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