Patients evacuated as fire hits hospital in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire at a Rio de Janeiro hospital has forced staff to hastily evacuate patients and temporarily settle some on sheets and mattresses in the street while firefighters battle the blaze.

Hospital staffers in surgical masks wheeled medical equipment in the road outside the Badim Hospital as smoke billowed from the building Thursday night.

Television images show medical workers tending to some patients sitting in wheelchairs with IV poles beside them in the street. Elderly and intensive care patients are among those rescued.

Many patients were transferred to other medical facilities, some accompanied by anxious family members.

Fire officials are not immediately available to say whether they have been any injuries.