12 premature babies burned to death in hospital after fire broke out in maternity ward


The Yarmouk Hospital 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) People in Iraq, are angry after a fire broke out in a hospital, causing the deaths of a dozen premature babies and injuring many others.

The fire broke out in the maternity ward of the Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Firefighters said that 12 premature babies have died in the fire that took three hours to extinguish. Eight other children and 29 women had to be moved from the unit and taken to nearby hospitals.

The Health Ministry released a statement, saying that the fire was probably caused by an electrical fault due to poor quality wiring, and that the deaths were as a result of the lack of fire escapes.

According to the investigation, there had been 20 babies in the maternity unit when the fire broke. The fire spread very quickly and caused a lot of damage.

A total of 19 people, including women and children, were treated for burns and smoke inhalation. 36-year-old Shaimaa Hassan is mourning the death of her 2-day-old son.

She said that she waited a long time to have him, but she lost him in a matter of minutes. 30-year-old Hussein Omar is looking for his 2-week-old twins.

Officials at the Yarmouk Hospital, told Omar to look for his babies at other hospitals in Baghdad, but he did not find them there.