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Chile hospital fire forces evacuation of hundreds

January 30, 2021 GMT
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Health workers evacuate a child patient from a fire inside a San Borja Arrarian hospital in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Authorities have not reported deceased or injured patients. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Health workers evacuate a child patient from a fire inside a San Borja Arrarian hospital in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Authorities have not reported deceased or injured patients. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A fire that broke out in a boiler room forced the evacuation of about 350 patients from a downtown hospital in Chile’s capital on Saturday, but officials reported no injuries.

Health authorities said all of the San Borja hospital’s patients, including some COVID-19 victims hooked to ventilators, were being taken to other hospitals.

The Santiago metropolitan health agency said the fire broke out in a boiler room, and local prosecutors said it could have been due to an electrical short circuit. It covered the hospital in a haze of smoke as dozens of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles surrounded the scene.

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Firefighters said the blaze was controlled Saturday morning.

“Nobody has died. All of the transfers have occurred with great calm,” said Health Minister Enrique Paris.