A massive fire broke out at Gandhi Hospital in Tehran, spreading to several floors in a facility described as the largest private medical center in Iran.
The fire started on Thursday evening, and crews from several fire stations were immediately dispatched to the scene, according to the state-run press service. Irna. The report added that emergency responders were able to control the fire, although it was not completely extinguished until 8 p.m. local time, about an hour after it started. Tehran Fire Department spokesman Jalal Maleki did not provide any details about the possible causes of the fire.
An official at Gandhi Hospital told IRNA that the eastern side of the hospital caught fire, and the building was evacuated. Initial reports indicate that there were no casualties.
19 killed in an explosion and fire in a medical clinic in the Iranian capital, Tehran (video)
Video footage posted online of the incident shows flames apparently engulfing at least ten floors of the hospital. Another clip shows several emergency vehicles with their lights flashing on the street below.
The 17-storey hospital complex is located in a medical district east of central Tehran. It was built in 2008 with the aim of providing worldwide Medical services and attraction “Health tourists.” It offers 100 hotel suites to accommodate those accompanying its patients.
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