Fire at Philippine General Hospital Prompts Evacuation of Over 100 Patients

Fire at Philippine General Hospital leads to evacuation of over 100 patients, raising concerns about fire safety in healthcare facilities. Authorities investigating the cause of the second fire at the hospital in recent weeks.

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Fire at Philippine General Hospital Prompts Evacuation of Over 100 Patients

Fire at Philippine General Hospital Prompts Evacuation of Over 100 Patients

A fire broke out at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila on Saturday night, leading to the evacuation of over 100 emergency room patients. The fire, which gutted the storage room of the hospital's pharmacy, was put out within 20 minutes, and no injuries were reported.

According to the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, smoke was detected in the emergency room, resulting in the evacuation of patients. Most of the affected patients were brought back to their rooms by Saturday morning.

This incident marks the second fire at PGH in recent weeks. On March 13, another fire originated in the audio-visual room of the Department of Medicine and spread to other wards. The cause of the latest fire is still under investigation by the Bureau of Fire Department.

Why this matters: The occurrence of two fires within a short period at a major hospital raises concerns about fire safety measures and the potential impact on patient care. Ensuring the safety and well-being of patients during such incidents is of utmost importance.

In a separate incident on the same night, a fire was reported in a commercial area along Pedro Gil Street in Paco, Manila, affecting the Paco Catholic School. The fire in Paco was declared under control at 10:28 p.m.

The PGH fire incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety protocols and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities. Authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fire and implement necessary measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Fire broke out at Philippine General Hospital, evacuating 100+ ER patients.
  • Fire gutted hospital pharmacy storage, put out in 20 mins, no injuries.
  • Second fire at PGH in recent weeks, cause under investigation.
  • Fire also reported in commercial area near Paco Catholic School.
  • Incident highlights need for improved fire safety in healthcare facilities.