Number of casualties of fire in North Macedonia hospital rises, Public Prosecution requests post mortem for 14 bodies


Prosecutors in North Macedonia have issued orders for post mortem and identification of the bodies of the 14 victims of the blaze the engulfed the COVID-19 modular hospital in Tetovo last night, and an investigation is ongoing whether there are other victims, announced the Basic Public Prosecution – Skopje.

“DNA analysis is necessary to establish the identity of some of the victims bodies. According to the initial information, there is no medical personnel among the victims,” stated the press release.

The Basic Public Prosecution Skopje (OJO Skopje) has issued an order for securing the recording from the video surveillance inside and around the Tetovo modular hospital which last night, during the celebrations of the country’s 30th anniversary of its independence, was burned to the ground and killed many people, patients infected with COVID-19.

OJO announced that the prosecutors that are on site have been investigating the employees at the hospital in order to determine the causes of the fire.

“The investigation will continue today, and the prosecutors, together with experts from MOI, will secure the evidence in order to solve this tragic event,”

In order to investigate the location of the tragic event, apart from the three prosecutors at the Basic Public Prosecution in Tetovo, last night, two other prosecutors from the Basic Public Prosecution in Skopje also joined the investigation.

The location was also visited by the Public Prosecutor who attended the Crisis management committee’s meeting.

According to unofficial information, there were 24 patients in the hospital when the fire broke out.

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