The oldest hospital in the port city of Mombasa on the Kenyan coast caught fire late Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of about 100 patients, the Kenyan Red Cross and the police said.
« We have established that the fire started because of the explosion of a gas cylinder, » said Coastal Police Chief Rashid Yakub. « Fortunately, there are no casualties because all patients and staff were evacuated in time ».
The Kenyan Red Cross said in a statement that more than 100 patients had been admitted to another facility in Kenya’s second largest city, Aga Khan Hospital.
The 125-bed Mombasa Hospital fire set off around 8:30 pm (5:30 pm GMT), the same source added, as local TV stations looped around on Tuesday night with impressive images of the flames. escaping from the hospital on fire.
Built by the British in 1890, this hospital is the oldest in the city. It has a capacity of 125 beds.