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4 people killed in hospital fire in central China city

BEIJING -- Four people died in a fire at a hospital's in-patient building in central China on Sunday, a city government said.

The fire broke out on the ground floor of the hospital in Hubei province at around 4:20 a.m. local time and covered an area of about 200 square meters (2,000 square feet), Huangshi city government said in a statement on its website.

One patient died after jumping off the building, while two others who had been in serious condition died after being transferred to another location, the statement said. It said their causes of death were being investigated.

Rescuers found one other body, although it wasn't clear from the statement if this person was also a patient.

The city government said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

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