A fire killed at least 21 people at a hospital in Beijing on Tuesday and forced dozens of people to evacuate, Chinese state media reported.

Iran PressAsia: Twenty-one people have died in a fire at a Beijing hospital that forced the evacuation of dozens of patients, according to Chinese media.

Emergency response teams first received word just before 1pm (05:00 GMT) on Tuesday that a fire had broken out at the Beijing Changfeng Hospital in the capital city’s Fengtai District, the state-run Beijing Daily report said.

As clouds of black smoke billowed into the sky late on Tuesday, people trapped in the multi-storey building apparently tied bedsheets into makeshift ropes and escaped by climbing out of windows, as seen in videos circulating on social media.

The Beijing Daily said “the cause of the accident is under further investigation”.