Mothers and newborns who were evacuated from a fire at an obstetrics and gynecology department in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, are gradually recovering their health.
Pregnant women who were surprised in the process of evacuating at the time of the fire are also said to have no special health problems.Considering the type of fire and the exterior materials of the hospital building, experts call it a ‘miracle’, so there are few casualties.
According to the fire department on the 30th, a fire of unknown cause broke out in the ceiling of the parking lot on the first floor of the 10-story obstetrics and gynecology building in Sachang-dong, Seowon-gu, Cheongju-si, around 10:09 a.m. the day before.
The fire spread to the main building and the old building of this obstetrics and gynecology department.The exterior materials of the new building were an aluminum composite panel constructed by the dry-bit method and an extruded insulation board, an insulating material. This is why the fire spread so quickly.
Contrary to the rapidly burning exterior walls, there were no significant casualties.
At the time, there were 125 people inside the hospital, including 52 pregnant women and newborns, 70 employees, and 3 general patients.
They quickly evacuated when they heard the sound of a fire alarm immediately after the fire broke out.
In the process, it was reported that the staff responded quickly.
A sprinkler that worked right away also helped.
The water from the sprinkler stopped the fire and toxic gas from spreading inside the building.
This gave the hospital personnel time to escape safely.
After extinguishing the fire, the police and firefighters who inspected the inside of the hospital building agreed, “When viewed from the outside, there was no damage to the inside of the building compared to the size of the fire.”
As a result, 45 mothers and newborns who were transferred to another nearby obstetrics and gynecology department are also recovering safely.
The obstetrics and gynecology department, which caught fire, is continuing to prepare to overcome the pain of fire. Because I can’t break the promise I made with pregnant women.
The hospital opened in 1987 and expanded in 2017, establishing itself as the representative obstetrics and gynecology department of the Cheongju region.
In the meantime, the number of Cheongju citizens born in this hospital is uncountable.
It is also leading social contribution projects such as giving birth to single mothers and supporting infertility and infertile couples.
A Cheongju citizen even posted on an online community in the local area, “It seems that there have been no casualties because of the merits that have been accumulated over the years.”
The hospital plans to resume treatment from April 1 as soon as the interior of the building is repaired to some extent.
An official from the Chungbuk Fire Department said, “When you look at the size of the fire when it first started, it was not strange that it led to a major disaster.”
He added, “I hope that the obstetrics and gynecology department representing the region will overcome the pain of the fire and stand up again.”
Police and fire departments plan to conduct a joint fire investigation from 9 am on April 4.
(Cheongju = News 1)
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