Dozens of patients killed in catastrophic hospital fire in Iraq

The cause of the fire is under investigation but foul play has been ruled out.

April 25, 2021, 6:43 AM

LONDON -- A catastrophic fire in a hospital in Iraq has killed dozens of patients who were being treated there.

At least 82 patients have been killed in the massive fire at the Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad.

PHOTO: People gather outside Ibn Khatib hospital after a fire caused by an oxygen tank explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, April 25, 2021.
People gather outside Ibn Khatib hospital after a fire caused by an oxygen tank explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, April 25, 2021.
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"The death toll from the fire that broke out in Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital reached 82 victims," said the ministry's spokesman, Major General Khaled Al-Muhanna, in a statement obtained by ABC News.

The Ministry of Interior has ruled out "the existence of a criminal suspicion of the Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital fire accident."

PHOTO: Mourners pray next to the coffins of people who were killed in a fire at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, in Najaf, Iraq, April 25, 2021.
Mourners pray next to the coffins of people who were killed in a fire at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, in Najaf, Iraq, April 25, 2021.
Alaa Al-marjani/Reuters

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

An estimated 28 patients on ventilators who were seriously ill from COVID-19 symptoms were killed in the fire, tweeted Ali al-Bayati, a spokesman of the commission, according to the Associated Press.

PHOTO: People look on at Ibn Khatib hospital after a fire caused by an oxygen tank explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, April 25, 2021.
People look on at Ibn Khatib hospital after a fire caused by an oxygen tank explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, April 25, 2021.
Thaier Al-sudani/Reuters

Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights initially reported on Sunday that 58 people had died in the fire but Iraqi authorities have not yet released an official casualty count, the Associated Press said.

ABC News' Bader Katy contributed to this report.

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