Limpopo Health MEC praises hospital staff for putting out deadly fire

The blaze, which claimed two lives, broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning and the cause has not been established yet.

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 - Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba has praised staff at Modimolle's FH Odendaal Hospital after they helped put out a fire that claimed the lives of two patients.

The blaze broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning and the cause has not been established yet.

Officials said that the fire broke out in one of the cubicles at the hospital's COVID-19 ward.

Ramathuba, who visited the facility on Monday, explained that nurses managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived at the scene.

“They were able to evacuate all the patients. Unfortunately, in the process, we lost two patients.”

Ramathuba said that autopsies would be performed to determine the patient's exact cause of death.

“To establish whether it is a result of smoke inhalation that could have resulted in the demise of these patients. However, we want to send a message of condolence to the families.”

One of the deceased was an inmate being treated at the medical facility.

Police were investigating the incident.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that he was "deeply saddened" and shared the pain of the families of two patients who died at the hospital.

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