12 babies dead after fire erupts at maternity ward in Baghdad - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

12 babies dead after fire erupts at maternity ward in Baghdad

Posted: Updated:

BAGHDAD (AP) - A fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said Wednesday, a deadly blaze that was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.
    
By morning, grief-stricken fathers searched for their missing newborns in vain while angry relatives gathered outside the Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad blamed the government for the tragedy. Some of the babies who perished were prematurely born, a doctor at the hospital said.
    
The hospital director, Saad Hatem Ahmed, said the blaze broke out late on Tuesday night and that the initial investigation indicated it was an electrical fire. Ahmed said 29 female patients and eight babies were moved from the ward where the fire broke out and transferred to another hospital.
    
Baghdad authorities initially sealed off the hospital but later allowed some media into the site.
    
At the maternity ward, forensic teams in masks and protective gloves were seen searching through the rubble and charred pieces of furniture. A yellow tape stretched across the ward entrance, preventing reporters from getting closer.
    
"Some of the dead babies were preemies but not all of them," said one of the doctors at the Yarmouk hospital. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
    
Outside, crying relatives claimed some of the babies were still missing and demanded an answer from authorities.
    
One father, 30-year-old Hussein Omar, a construction worker, said he lost twins in the blaze, a baby boy and a girl born last week. The hospital told him to go look for them at another Baghdad hospital where some of the patients were moved to during the fire.
    
He said he looked and couldn't find them anywhere so he came back to Yarmouk. The hospital staff then told him to go look at the morgue.
    
"I only found charred pieces of flesh," Omar said, crying. "I want my baby boy and girl back. The government must give them back to me."
    
Nearby, Shaima Hassan stood dazed and trembling in shock after losing her two-day-old son. The 36-year old had spent more than a year visiting hospitals in and outside Iraq trying to conceive.
    
"I waited for ages to have this baby and when I finally had him, it took only a second to lose him," she said, holding a bunch of blackened documents with her hands, covered with burns.
    
She recounted how the chaos began at midnight at the ward, located on the ground floor.
    
"People started screaming, 'Fire, fire' and running," said Hassan. She and her husband, who was visiting them, ran toward the room for the newborns but were stopped by a wall of thick smoke.
    
"Then someone broke a window and threw me out," she added.
    
Eshrak Ahmed Jaasar, 41, said she is unable to find her four-day-old nephew.
    
"I came early this morning to see my nephew and his mother, but they told me about the fire," Jasaar said. "My nephew is still missing and his mother was moved to another hospital ward."
    
She said she was still in shock and felt very bitter.
    
"We pay the hospital employees thousands of Iraqi dinars to allow us in to get our loved ones basic food and milk, which they cannot provide," Jasaar said. "It's a corrupt government that doesn't care about its citizens and lets this happen."
    
Electrical fires are common in the Iraqi capital and elsewhere across the country because of shoddy maintenance and poor wiring. A lack of fire escapes also contributes to the danger whenever a fire breaks out. There is also widespread failure by construction companies and those providing building material to follow accepted standards.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One man dead, another arrested after shooting near Post Falls

    One man dead, another arrested after shooting near Post Falls

    Sunday, October 21 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-10-21 14:57:39 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County Deputies arrested a man for involuntary manslaughter after they say he shot and killed another man Saturday evening near Post Falls. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gallatin Way near Post Falls just before 7 pm. Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man, identified as Tyler S. Liles, with a single gunshot wound.

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Kootenai County Deputies arrested a man for involuntary manslaughter after they say he shot and killed another man Saturday evening near Post Falls. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting on Gallatin Way near Post Falls just before 7 pm. Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man, identified as Tyler S. Liles, with a single gunshot wound.

    >>
  • Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-10-22 06:04:38 GMT
    Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
  • Indianapolis Zoo lioness kills father of her three cubs

    Indianapolis Zoo lioness kills father of her three cubs

    Sunday, October 21 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-10-21 22:54:30 GMT
    Indianapolis Zoo - FacebookIndianapolis Zoo - Facebook

    INDIANAPOLIS - A lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo died in a fight with another lion at the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday, zoo officials said. According to the zoo, Nyack, a 10-year-old lion, was killed by his longtime mate, Zuri, in the outdoor yard Monday morning before the menagerie opened to the public. 

    >>

    INDIANAPOLIS - A lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo died in a fight with another lion at the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday, zoo officials said. According to the zoo, Nyack, a 10-year-old lion, was killed by his longtime mate, Zuri, in the outdoor yard Monday morning before the menagerie opened to the public. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • NYPD suspends use of body camera model after one explodes

    NYPD suspends use of body camera model after one explodes

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:53 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:53:58 GMT

    NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department has suspended use of a model of body camera after one exploded. The NYPD says an officer noticed smoke coming from the Vievu LE-5 body camera on Saturday night. The officer removed it and the device exploded. No one was injured.    The NYPD says that the explosion revealed a potential for the battery to ignite, and that the cameras are being removed out of an abundance of caution.

    >>

    NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department has suspended use of a model of body camera after one exploded. The NYPD says an officer noticed smoke coming from the Vievu LE-5 body camera on Saturday night. The officer removed it and the device exploded. No one was injured.    The NYPD says that the explosion revealed a potential for the battery to ignite, and that the cameras are being removed out of an abundance of caution.

    >>
  • PHOTOS: Family treasures stolen from Spokane family

    PHOTOS: Family treasures stolen from Spokane family

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:33 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:33:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies continue to investigate a break-in that happened Tuesday morning at approximately 8:08 AM. The victims say precious family treasures were stolen. "I stayed home for a few days after it happened," said Mandie Snyder.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies continue to investigate a break-in that happened Tuesday morning at approximately 8:08 AM. The victims say precious family treasures were stolen. "I stayed home for a few days after it happened," said Mandie Snyder. "I wanted to stay here. I wanted to stay here and protect my house." Snyder says their Ring doorbell camera captured a man lurking around their property and then kicking their front door several times.

    >>
  • Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Remembering Eddie Daniels: memorial held in honor of Spokane teenager

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-10-22 06:04:38 GMT
    Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.Hundreds gather inside Healing Room Ministries Office at 115 East Pacific Avenue. Many attendees had to stand because the facility ran out of chairs.
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>
    Hundreds of different people from various backgrounds gathered together for the same purpose on Sunday: honoring and remembering the life of Eddie Daniels, the 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday night. Members of Daniels' family were also in attendance, including his mother. She's raised Daniels' and his siblings alone since her husband died over a decade ago, according to multiple friends of the family. When Daniels' mother arrived and stepped out...>>