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Germany hospital fire started by patient s self-immolation

Germany hospital fire started by patient s self-immolation
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In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, an aerial view shows firefighters working on the burned-out attic of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, Germany. (Federico Gambarini/AP)

Published Tuesday, October 4, 2016 8:48AM EDT

BERLIN - Prosecutors say a fire at a hospital in western Germany last week in which two people died was caused by a patient pouring disinfectant over herself and setting it alight in an attempt to kill herself.

The fire broke out in the 69-year-old woman s 6th-floor room at the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum in the early hours of Friday. She died in the blaze, along with a bedridden 41-year-old man in a neighbouring room.

Prosecutors and police said in a statement Tuesday that they are still investigating what prompted the woman to try to kill herself. The fire quickly spread to the building s roof, and 10 people were injured, seven of them seriously.
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