Turkey: The fire at the Hellenic Hospital in Valukli, Istanbul, was brought under control

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Around 2:20 p.m., the fire that broke out at noon at the Greek hospital “Valouklis” in Istanbul was brought under control, however, after it destroyed the roof of the historic building, KYPE reports.

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Ground firefighting forces and a firefighting helicopter attempted to extinguish it.

According to images broadcast on television, the fire started on the roof of the hospital and quickly spread to the exterior cladding of the building.

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Patients of the hospital had been removed and are being transferred to other hospitals in the city.

According to “CNN Türk”, 104 people were removed from the ward of the nursing home.

As reported by the media, the fire may have been caused by a problem with the hospital’s electrical system. Prefect Ali Gerlikaya stated that there were no injuries and that after the fire was extinguished, the Turkish state would proceed with the renovation of the hospital.

The Greek Hospital of Valouklis, which serves the diaspora of Constantinople, was founded in 1753.

Ecumenical Patriarch: “We praise God that we had no victims”

“We praise God that we had no victims” notes the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his statement about the devastating fire in the nursing home building, which is part of the Valouklis Charitable Stores. The Ecumenical Patriarch thanks the competent authorities to all those who voluntarily helped to save food and extinguish the fire and points out: “Human lives matter. Buildings, facilities, material things can be restored. We feel pain for what happened , but we will overcome this test as well”.

Specifically, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew made the following statement:

“Our Fraternity received a great blow today. One of its most important charitable institutions, in which our elderly brothers found care and warmth, suffered significant damage from a devastating fire. We thank God that there were no victims, and we thank the state and local authorities authorities and the fire brigade staff, the workers at the nursing home and the adjacent hospital, as well as all those who volunteered to help save the food, but also in the fight to extinguish the fire. Human lives matter. The buildings, facilities, material things can be restored. We feel pain for what has happened, but we will overcome this ordeal. Again, we thank from the bottom of our hearts all those who have helped in this difficult time, and all those who declare themselves ready to strengthen us for the We are moved by their interest, and above all by their participation in the antime solving this critical situation. We thank them for being by our side. God bless them.”

Source: Capital

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