Ukraine Hospital Fire Kills 3 COVID-19 Patients, Doctor

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 4, 2021Europe
Ukraine Hospital Fire Kills 3 COVID-19 Patients, Doctor
A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks in front of the entrance to the red zone at an infectious diseases department of the Kiev city clinical hospital, where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease are treated, in Kiev on Jan. 14, 2021. (Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images)

KYIV, Ukraine—Three coronavirus patients and a doctor died in a fire at a hospital in Ukraine.

Volodymyr Shinkarenko, the head doctor at the hospital in Zaporizhzhia, was quoted by Ukrainian news media as saying Thursday that the fire broke out in medical equipment.

The patients were all on ventilators, but it wasn’t clear if that was the equipment that caught on fire.

The patients’ ages were 91, 76 and 64, and the doctor was 26. The cause of death for all is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

Zaporizhzhia is about 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of the capital, Kyiv.