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Hundreds Flee Bosnia Hospital Inferno

Around 400 patients, including babies, had to be evacuated amid scenes of panic after the main wing of the hospital in Bihac caught fire at dawn on Thursday.

Elvira M. Jukic

No one was reported hurt in the fire that suddenly engulfed the Ifran Ljubijankic hospital in the northwest town of Bihac at around 2am on July 26.

In scenes of panic, medical workers rushed to evacuate around 400 patients while the fire fighters fought the flames that tore through the complex.

The police are conducting an investigation to determine the reasons for the fire. Many of the evacuated patients were taken to another hospital in the nearby town of Sanski Most.

“Unofficial information is that a fire started somewhere in the roof area of the main building and just spread,” said Sefik Smlatic, Interior Minister of ther Una-Sana Canton.

“The roof was so dry and old that the fire engulfed it quickly,” he added.

“No one got hurt and that's the biggest success. The hospital workers showed maximal responsibility as well as the police who jumped in to help,” Smlatic continued.

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