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Inquiry into baby deaths in Romanian hospital fire

Inquiry into baby deaths in Romanian hospital fire
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An investigation is underway into an explosion and fire at a Romanian maternity ward that killed four newborn babies and severely injured seven others.

Officials said an electrical fault in the air conditioning system at the Giulesti hospital in Bucharest was to blame.

The surviving infants have been transferred to other hospitals. Just days old, some are said to be in a critical condition suffering from 70 to 80 percent burns.

As the evacuation of the building continued one woman waiting outside the hospital said she was terribly worried about her daughter who was on the second floor, where the fire started. “I don’t know anything,” she said, “I’m desperate”.

Dozens of other family members waited for news, as emergency teams battled to put out the fire and rescue patients from the building.

Romania is one of the EU’s poorest countries and its medical services are considered among the worst in the union.

Safety and hygiene standards are said to have changed little since the communist era.