Clinic fire kills two

Two people died and at least one other was injured on Saturday evening on Reunion Island in a fire, of still undetermined origin, which occurred in a clinic in Saint-Pierre in the north-west of the island. Indian Ocean.

Two patients from a clinic died and another patient was injured on Saturday evening in Saint-Pierre, in the south of the island of Reunion, during a fire of still undetermined origin, it was said. learned from the authorities and from sources close to the investigators.

The fire started around 7:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the Bethesda Clinic, a health establishment specializing in follow-up and rehabilitation care. The two victims, two women whose room was located on the ground floor of the establishment, died of poisoning by the smoke released by the fire, a source close to the investigators told AFP. .

The injured person was transferred to the university hospital center (CHU), while a police officer and six staff from the clinic were inconvenienced by the fumes, according to the first report published by the prefecture. A “judicial investigation was opened for willful destruction by fire and manslaughter“said Saint-Pierre prosecutor Caroline Calbo in a statement released early Sunday evening.

A patient sets fire

She also clarified that the deceased patients were aged 72 and 87, and not around sixty years old as initially indicated by a source close to the investigators. The patient in the first burnt room, evacuated in a state of relative emergency “following smoke poisoning, was hospitalized in psychiatry overnightand has not yet been heard by investigators, added Caroline Calbot.

According to the public television channel Meeting the 1st, the disaster was allegedly caused by a patient who set fire to his room, facts that the prosecutor has not confirmed for the moment. “A total of 88 patients were in the clinic at the time of the fire“, also indicated Sunday to the press Sylvie Clain Vitry, the deputy general manager of the Iris Santé group, to which the clinic belongs. All were evacuated. “Twenty-two of them were transferred to other clinicsfrom the island, the others relocated to the facility, she added.

The investigation was entrusted to the departmental security. Autopsies will be performed to identify the causes of death of the victims. “The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.“, had indicated the prefecture in a press release published on the night of Saturday to Sunday. The clinic opened in 2015.

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