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Probe into baby deaths fire in Romania

An investigation is under way into a fire that killed four babies at a maternity hospital in Romania.

Three newborns died on Monday after the fire broke out, spreading thick smoke in the intensive care unit for premature babies at the Giulesti maternity ward in Bucharest. A fourth infant died early yesterday.

Eight premature babies are in a critical condition.

Health minister Cseke Attila described it as one of the “darkest tragedies in the history of Romania's healthcare system”.

He said 53 babies and 61 women — some of whom were in labour — were evacuated from the hospital and taken to other units.

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