Europe

2 dead, 15 injured in fire at hospital in western Germany

  • Flames emanate from the roof of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016 after a fire broke out. At least two people died in the fire. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    Flames emanate from the roof of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016 after a fire broke out. At least two people died in the fire. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fire fighters spay water onto the roof of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016 after a fire broke out. At least two people died in the fire. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    Fire fighters spay water onto the roof of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016 after a fire broke out. At least two people died in the fire. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The photo shows the destroyed roof of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016 after a fire broke out. At least two people died in the fire. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    The photo shows the destroyed roof of the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum, western Germany, Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016 after a fire broke out. At least two people died in the fire. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police say two people have died and 15 have been injured in a hospital fire in western Germany.

More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze at Bochum's Bergmannsheil hospital.

Police said in a statement that the fire appeared to have started in a patient's room on the 6th floor at about 2:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) Friday.

The Bergmannsheil hospital was built in 1888 to treat workers injured in the coal mines of the surrounding Ruhr area. It is considered one of the world's first specialist accident and emergency clinics.