Fire breaks out in Philippine General Hospital; patients evacuated

Fire breaks out in Philippine General Hospital; patients evacuated

- The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) caught fire in the early hours of May 16, 2021 amid the surge in cases of COVID-19

- According to Inquirer, the fire reached the third alarm just a few minutes past 1:00 AM

- It was also reported by Rappler that the fire was announced under control at 2:46 AM

- Some of the patients were also evacuated in the chapel of PGH as shared by the head chaplain, Father Marlito Ocon

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Fire has broken out on Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in the early hours of May 16, 2021, amid the rising cases of COVID-19. In a video captured by a netizen, smoke can be seen rising from the hospital as fire trucks and ambulances made their way towards PGH.

According to the netizen, Nurse Bangz, who filmed the video, he woke up after hearing the sirens from the fire trucks and ambulances. When he looked outside he saw the smoke rising from the hospital as the fire trucks and ambulances made their way towards PGH.

In a report made by Inquirer, the fire reached the third alarm a few minutes past 1:00 AM. Meanwhile, Rappler reported that the fire was announced under control at 2:46 AM.

Fire breaks out in Philippine General Hospital; patients evacuated
Screenshot of Nurse Bangz' YouTube video
Source: UGC

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Meanwhile, the head chaplain of PGH Chapel, Father Marlito Ocon, shared some photos of the inside of the chapel which was being used as a temporary shelter for some of the evacuated patients which included pediatric and neonatal patients.

"Part of PGH nasunog! Ang PGH Chapel naging instant evacuation ng mga pedia patients at new born babies. All patients (covid and non-covid) from 3rd - 7th floor evacuated, hoping for everybody's safety. Please pray for all of us!"

Authorities have not yet released any statement regarding the cause of the fire.

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The Philippine General Hospital, simply referred to as UP–PGH or PGH, is a tertiary state-owned hospital administered and operated by the University of the Philippines Manila. It is designated as the National University Hospital, and the national government referral center.

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KAMI also reported that the infamous Sto. Niño Church in Pandacan, Manila caught fire. The fire even reached the third alarm, as shared by the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. It was declared under control by the Bureau of Fire Protection before 2 in the afternoon.

It was also reported by KAMI that the spokesperson of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) revealed that 66 percent of COVID-19 patients in the said medical facility have recovered already. He also revealed that the hospital has opened another wing to accommodate other infected people.

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