Approximately 300 persons, including 150 patients and 150 members of the hospital staff were evacuated yesterday, at noon, from the St. Maria Hospital, after a strong conflagration started at the fourth floor of the building.
At the moment the conflagration started, a patient was undergoing surgery and the doctors were forced to place an oxygen mask on his face so that the operation could be continued. According to Doctor Rodica Ciolacu, from SMURD Bucharest, the patient was transferred to the Floreasca Emergency Hospital and a patient in an angina crisis was transferred to the Elias Hospital.
Moreover, medical care was provided to patients by ambulances that arrived at the scene. Some of the patients were provided oxygen masks due to smoke intoxication, the Head of SMURD Bucharest, Dr. Bogdan Oprita declared.
The Head of ISU Bucharest, General Aurel Udor, also mentioned the fact that nobody was injured after the conflagration. According to the firefighters, the fire was violent and produced a massive amount of smoke, especially in the staircases; yet, it was put out in less than an hour. After the intervention, the firefighters evacuated the fourth floor of the hospital and used to fire trucks in order to enter the building.
According the statements by Mayor Sorin Oprescu, the conflagration at the hospital was caused by an electric device of the company that was renovating the building, Mediafax mentioned. Beside Oprescu, the scene of the conflagration was also visited by the District 1 Mayor, Andrei Chiliman, the Public Health Manager Daniel Popescu and the State Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Cezar Irimia. The traffic in the area was highly difficult for the next few hours, and the intervention of police officers was required.