Home Page
 
news 26 Jul 13

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
BIRN
Sarajevo

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.


Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

bosnian-croat-ex-official-denies-mass-prisoner-abuses-03-27-2017
27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Official Denies Mass Prisoner Abuses

Berislav Pusic, the head of the wartime Bosnian Croat prisoner exchange commission, appealed against his conviction, arguing he was not responsible for crimes against Bosniak detainees in 1993 and 1994.

27 Mar 17

Putin Wishes Vucic Luck in Serbian Election

27 Mar 17

Vatican Sends Envoy to Medjugorje in Bosnia

27 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament

27 Mar 17

Croatian Serbs Boycott WWII Camp Commemoration

27 Mar 17

Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo Coalition

27 Mar 17

Kosovo Village Commemorates 241 Killed in 1999

27 Mar 17

The Balkans Today: 27th - 31st March 2017

Premium Selection

justice-comes-late-for-romania-s-ageing-torturers-03-26-2017
27 Mar 17

Justice Comes Late for Romania’s Ageing Torturers

Romania has only recently started trying the former wardens of the communist-era political prisons – and some say it is too late now for justice to be done. 

turkey-s-anti-gulen-campaign-leaves-bosniaks-in-dilemma-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in Dilemma

The failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

22 Mar 17

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music

Latest News from the Balkans

27 Mar 17

Putin Wishes Vucic Luck in Serbian Election

27 Mar 17

Vatican Sends Envoy to Medjugorje in Bosnia

27 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament

27 Mar 17

Croatian Serbs Boycott WWII Camp Commemoration