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Two dead, 15 injured in fire at hospital in western Germany

Police said in a statement that the fire appeared to have started in a patient's room on the 6th floor at about 2:30 a.m.

Published: 30th September 2016 12:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2016 12:13 PM   |  A+A-

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Fire fighters stand in front of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, after a fire broke out. | AP

By Associated Press

BERLIN: Police say two people have died and 15 have been injured in a hospital fire in western Germany.

More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze at Bochum's Bergmannsheil hospital.

Police said in a statement that the fire appeared to have started in a patient's room on the 6th floor at about 2:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) Friday.

The Bergmannsheil hospital was built in 1888 to treat workers injured in the coal mines of the surrounding Ruhr area. It is considered one of the world's first specialist accident and emergency clinics.

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