Three elderly people died on Saturday as they were evacuated after a fire destroyed part of a building attached to one of Rio de Janeiro's largest hospitals, the mayor of the Brazilian city said, reports AP.
"Unfortunately, three people died while being transferred to another unit, they are very old," Marcello Crevilla told reporters in front of the ruins of the building in western Rio.
"One of the victims was in critical condition," he said, adding that "for the other two, their bodies had to be turned off, but they died while being transported."
Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire, which started before at 16:00 local time and was brought under control two hours after it broke out.
In September, a huge fire was described as a "tragedy of culture" at the Rio de Janeiro National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest museums.