The smoke comes from Moscow’s Kommunarka hospital, one of the main centers for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the Russian capital, Russian television reported Wednesday, noted by Reuters, Agerpres notes.
NTV channel reported that one of the medical complexes caught fire and a blast was heard before the fire.
According to a source cited by Interfax, the building that caught fire was under construction and did not house patients.
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The Ministry of Emergency Situations said it was aware of the incident but has no information on possible victims, the RIA news agency reported.
In the images transmitted by NTV, firefighters and smoke could be seen rising above the building into the night sky.
In recent months, several incidents have occurred in Russia in connection with the malfunction of equipment for patients with COVID-19. In May, a fire, apparently triggered by a fan overheating, killed five coronavirus patients at a St. Petersburg hospital, raising concerns about the safety of Russian-made equipment. In late October, more than 150 patients were evacuated from a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients in the southern Urals city of Chelyabinsk after an oxygen cylinder exploded followed by a fire that left no victims.