MANILA, Philippines — State-run Philippine General Hospital caught fire early Sunday at Taft Avenue, Manila according to the Bureau of Fire Protection.
According to authorities ,the blaze started in an operating room on the third floor of the facility and first alarm at 12:41 a.m. It was quickly raised to the second level at 12:58 a.m., the BFP-National Capital Region reported.
A total of fourteen fire trucks responded to the scene, while photos and videos on social media showed patients being evacuated. The BFP said the fire was declared under control at 2:46 a.m. and was put out at 5:41 a.m.
No one was hurt in the fire, the Manila Public Information Office said. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident.
Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla said 12 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit were transferred to their hospital, while Ospital ng Maynila Director Dr. Karl Laqui said two patients needing appendectomy were moved to their facility.
PGH is the largest COVID-19 referral hospital in the country.
Data from the Health department show the facility’s COVID-19 bed capacity is under the moderate classification as of May 14, which means 60% to 69% of its beds for infected patients are occupied. During the surge in cases last month, its bed utilization rate reached 90%, with at least five coronavirus deaths recorded daily, according to its spokesman.
SOURCE: CNN Philippines