Iraq Hospital: Flammable materials, lack of fire alarms caused spread

Iraq Hospital: Flammable materials, lack of fire alarms caused spread

The Iraqi civil defence has said the lack of fire prevention measures and the use of flammable building materials likely caused the spread of the fire through a Baghdad hospital. The fire killed 82 people and injured 110. 

The report says there were no sprinklers or early warning systems in the hospitals. 

The report added that flammable building materials had been used in building the hospital. 

“(The report) showed that there was failure to take the necessary precautions under the instructions of the civil defense” the spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said. 

The report said the firefighting team arrived at the scene three-and-a-half minutes after the fire started and that the flames had already spread to most floors. 

“The investigation is in its beginnings and the expert has not submitted his report to the forensic evidence yet, [but] it is unlikely that the accident was an arson… Most of the similar accidents were due to negligence or an electrical short,

The report added that the high death toll was due to the failure of oxygen systems and smoke inhalation. 

It is believed the fire started after oxygen tanks exploded. 

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