On November 12, 2022, at the Bethesda clinic in Saint-Pierre around 7:50 p.m., a fire broke out in a patient’s room on the ground floor of a wing of the building. Caregivers immediately called the fire department. The Saint-Pierre police who intervened first, broke the windows, began to control the fire and evacuated the first patients to safety, while waiting for the arrival of the firefighters.
The lifeless bodies of 2 patients, aged 72 and 87, were evacuated from the room opposite that where the fire started.
A judicial inquiry was opened for willful destruction by fire and manslaughter, and entrusted to the judicial police service of the Saint-Pierre police station.
The public prosecutor of Saint-Pierre moved to the scene, joined by the medical examiner.
The observations on the spot and the hearings of the staff of the clinic were carried out today by the judicial police officers. Autopsies will be performed tomorrow.
The patient in the first burnt room, evacuated to the University Hospital in relative emergency following smoke poisoning, was hospitalized in psychiatry overnight. He has not yet been heard by investigators.
The judicial investigation is continuing.