The state-run Beijing Daily reported on Tuesday that 21 people had died in a hospital fire in Beijing.
According to the Beijing Daily, emergency reaction teams first learned that a fire had started at the Beijing Changfeng Hospital in the capital city’s Fengtai District soon before 1 pm (0500 GMT).
A total of 71 patients had been evacuated and transported to a different location by the time the fire was put out, which took around 30 minutes. Rescue attempts continued for another two hours after that.
The report stated that as of 6 pm, there had been 21 fatalities.
The Beijing Daily reported that “further investigation is being done into the accident’s cause.”
Social media users posted videos of people sitting on external air conditioning units, while others clinging to ropes jumped from the building.
It was not immediately clear if all the occupants of the hospital had been found and evacuated from the fire, which was in the east building of the private hospital’s inpatient department.
The deaths were confirmed after the victims were taken to another unidentified hospital for emergency treatment, the report said.
Further details were not available on the number of injuries suffered in the fire or their condition.
Beijing Changfeng Hospital is in the capital’s western urban area, about 25 minutes by car from central Tiananmen Square.
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