Blaze kills at least 10 patients in a modular COVID hospital in Tetovo, North Macedonia


Three prosecutors from Tetovo and two from Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, have started investigation about the fire that raged in the COVID-19 modular hospital in Tetovo and burned to the ground last night, with at least 10 people losing their lives in the blaze.

Apart from the Prosecution, the Government of North Macedonia also issued a statement, noting it stressed that a major tragedy happened in Tetovo and the number of victims could likely rise.

“The firefighter and medical services responded immediately, the fires were extinguished, and at the moment the rescue services are mobilized to save every endangered life,” said the government press release.

The Government has expressed condolences to the families and relatives of victims, with wishes for quick recovery for the injured.

Late last night, the Crisis management committee held a meeting in Tetovo with the members of the state leadership and the Government scheduled an urgent and outstanding session for 10 o’clock this morning dedicated to solving the tragedy that happened in Tetovo.

According to unconfirmed information, when the fires broke out at the hospital, there were 24 patients inside.

Health Minister Venko Filipche expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.

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