two women died in clinic fire

published on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 6:34 p.m.

A fire that occurred on the evening of Saturday November 12, in a clinic on Reunion Island, left two dead and one injured.

It was at 7:30 p.m. that the ground floor of the Bethesda clinic, located in Saint-Pierre (Réunion), was the target of a fire of still undetermined origin according to sources close to the investigation.

Two patients aged 72 and 87, whose room was located on the ground floor, succumbed to poisoning by the smoke released by the fire. The tragedy left another injured, who was transferred to the CHU.

The first report published by the prefecture revealed that a police officer and six members of the staff of the clinic were inconvenienced by the fumes.

In a press release published on Sunday November 13, Caroline Calbo, prosecutor of Saint-Pierre, declared that a judicial investigation had been opened for “wilful destruction by fire and involuntary homicides”, can we read in the document published the day after the ‘fire.

A patient would have set fire to his room, according to the local press

The public television channel Réunion la 1ère claims that the incident was caused by a patient who set fire to his room. Facts that the prosecutor has not confirmed for the moment.

Sylvie Clain Vitry, Deputy CEO of the Iris Santé group, belonging to the clinic opened in 2015, gave more details on the fatal fire: “A total of 88 patients were in the clinic at the time of the fire”, she told the press. “All were evacuated. Twenty-two of them were transferred to other clinics” on the island, the others relocated to the establishment, she continued.

The investigation was entrusted to the departmental security. Autopsies will be performed to identify the causes of death of the victims.

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