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Three Indian-origins among 6 killed in Malaysia hospital fire

A fire broke out at a hospital in Jahor Bahru in southern Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 26 (UITV)- Three Indian-origin Malaysians were among six persons killed when a fire broke out at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sultanah Aminah government hospital in southern Malaysia’s Johor Baru, forced the mass evacuation of hundreds of patients and medical staff.

Seven people were trapped by the fire inside the second-floor intensive-care unit of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department said on its official Twitter account. Only one person was rescued safely, it said.

According to police, four women and two men, all in their 50s, died in the fire. The deceased include two ethnic Indian women and an ethnic Indian man, police added.

There were a total of 193 staff and 294 patients at the hospital when the fire broke out. A few other were injured in the blaze.

It was unclear what started the fire, or whether the casualties were patients or hospital staff.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Johor state Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has instructed the hospital authorities to use the royal ward for patients as the ICU was badly damaged in the fire.

Some of the evacuated patients were also being taken to other hospital in the state, Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

Founded in 1982, Sultanah Aminah Hospital is a government-funded multi-specialty hospital. It is the biggest hospital in Johor.