ST. PETERSBURG, January 5 (Itar-Tass) — Two people died in a major fire, which broke out at the Pokrovskaya hospital in St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg emergency situation department has made public this updated report about the death toll of the fire at the Pokrovskaya hospital on Saturday.
The fire alarm call came at 23:08 Moscow time on January 4 to the cardiology ward of the Pokrovskaya hospital at 85, the Bolshoi Avenue on the Vasilyevsky Island, the St. Petersburg emergency situation department told Itar-Tass. The fire was ranked quite dangerous with number two on the five-point fire scale at 23:17 Moscow time on Friday. The fire has been localized by midnight. The fire has spread on 40 square meters in the hall on the first floor in the 8-storey building. Fifty-one people, including nine patients from the intensive therapy ward, were evacuated from the burning hospital. A man and a woman died in separate wards.
The St. Petersburg firemen were simultaneously fighting a major fire in the centre of the city. The fire alarm call came at 23:13 Moscow time on Friday at 82, the Embankment of the Moika River. The flames have engulfed the five-room flat with many tenants on the upper floor of the 4-storey residential house. The fire was ranked quite dangerous with number two on the five-point fire scale at 23:52 Moscow time on Friday over the threat for the fire to spread. About 30 people were evacuated. No wounded people were reported in this fire.