A fire that broke out this afternoon at the Prison Hospital of Caxias, in Oeiras, injured eight and forced the evacuation of the last two floors of the building.
The fire was in one of the wings on the fourth floor of the hospital, started by a psychiatric patient, who set fire to the mattress and bed linen, José Semedo Moreira, spokesman for the Directorate-General for Reinsertion and Prison Services (DGRSP) told PÚBLICO. .
The outbreak was quickly extinguished, and then ventilation was necessary. The fourth and fifth floors of the hospital had to be evacuated due to the fumes resulting from combustion and there are 26 people who have to be relocated, according to Semedo Moreira.
The DGRSP spokesman added that a member of the surveillance team had to be taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.
The Commander of Firefighters of Paço de Arcos, in statements to journalists, advanced that 25 people had to receive medical assistance. Of these, two nurses, four guards, an assistant and an inmate had to be transported to Amadora-Sintra Hospital due to mild smoke inhalation.
According to the database of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, the alert for the occurrence was given at 15:26. There were 72 operators and 27 fire engines on site.