A fire broke out during the night from Friday to Saturday at the Limoges University Hospital (Haute-Vienne). According to the management of the hospital establishment, the fire started around 2:30 a.m. in “a patient’s room, in the digestive surgery department” on the 2nd floor of one of the buildings.
This patient, a 53-year-old man, rescued in an absolute emergency by the firefighters, was transferred to the burns department of the Bordeaux University Hospital. Two other patients were injured: according to the prefecture, they were in a relative emergency at midday.
The Minister of Health, Aurélien Rousseau, sent his “thoughts to the victims, their loved ones and staff” on X (formerly Twitter). He was expected there at 3 p.m.
The origin of the disaster unknown
The fire was quickly brought under control thanks to the intervention of the hospital security team and around forty firefighters. The patients in the department affected by the fire were transferred to another care department, indicates the management of the CHU, whose continuity of activity “is not affected”.
The origin of the incident is not known at this stage. The premises are closed and are not accessible to the technical and scientific police due to the asbestos present in the building. “The investigation cannot begin at this time,” the prefecture was informed.