Civil Defense late Monday extinguished a fire that broke out on the ground floor of Buqshan Hospital in Jeddah. No casualties were reported. A woman in labor was moved to Al-Musaediya Hospital along with two babies who were moved from the Intensive Care Unit.
The fire started at the kitchen, according to workers. “The 111 patients were evacuated. Two babies were referred to Al-Musaediya Hospital,” said Brig. Turki Al-Harthi, director of Civil Defense in Jeddah.
Dr. Sami Badawoud, Jeddah Health Affairs director, said one firefighter was injured and moved to King Fahd Hospital.
The fire broke out at 11 p.m. at the kitchen. The patients were moved to higher floors after electrical fittings were checked. About eight Civil Defense teams and the Red Crescent rushed to the scene while traffic police cleared Tahliaya Road for rescuers and firefighters.
Brig. Al-Harthi said Jeddah Gov. Prince Meshal bin Majid visited the patients.