Authorities said that three patients in a Russian hospital were killed in a fire on Wednesday night, which was suspected to be caused by respirators.
According to the investigation committee of Ryazan in southeastern Moscow, at 3:30 local time, a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a public hospital with 500,000 residents in the city.
The investigation committee said in a statement: “Three people were killed in the fire. Seven people with signs of poisoning and burns received medical treatment.”
The committee is investigating “nignities that caused fatal consequences” and added that it is not yet clear what caused the fire.
The governor of Ryazan Region, Nikolaj Ljubimov, told the public television station that the breathing apparatus was on fire.
The Russian news agency reported that he said: “In the intensive care unit, a patient was lying in the intensive care unit in a serious condition. The respirator was connected to the respirator. It was obviously on fire.” He added that the three dead were patients.
In May 2020, two fires in St. Petersburg and Moscow hospitals caused 6 deaths due to respiratory failure, after which the use of these Russian respirators was stopped.
Nikolaj Ljubimov added that the respirator at Ryazan Hospital is made in China, “without adapter”, which is a device to prevent short circuits and overvoltages.