Patients evacuated after fire in Johannesburg hospital

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nearly 700 patients have been evacuated Saturday from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city. No injuries or casualties have been reported. David Makhura, premier of Gauteng province where Johannesburg is located, said the fire has been contained but the hospital has been closed for seven days. The fire caused the third floor of the hospital’s parking garage to collapse. Sixty firefighters battled the blaze through the night. The fire started Friday morning and had been doused by the afternoon but then it reignited in the evening and continued burning overnight.