Blaze at Finnish psychiatric hospital injures 18

A fire at a psychiatric hospital in Finland injured 18 people, five of whom were in serious condition, police said Friday.
The fire, believed to have been started by a patient, broke out late Thursday at the Pitkaniemi hospital in the town of Nokia, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of the capital.
One of the hospital's buildings was destroyed before firefighters were able to put out the blaze early Friday, police said.
Three employees and 15 patients were rushed to hospital to receive treatment for burns and smoke inhalation. Thirteen returned to the psychiatric ward; five remained in intensive care, hospital officials said.
Authorities were investigating the blaze, but the most likely cause was that one of the patients "apparently set fire to clothes hanging on a coat rack," police spokesman Pasi Nieminen said.

Updated : 2021-01-28 18:16 GMT+08:00