Mombasa Hospital has been closed indefinitely following a fire incident Tuesday night.
Property of unknown value was destroyed but no lives were lost. Police say a gas cylinder explosion was the cause of the fire.
Coast Regional Police Commander Rashid Yakub said preliminary investigations showed the fire broke out in the kitchen at around 8.30 pm before spreading to other parts of the 125-bed capacity private health facility.
The management is assessing the extent of the damage.
According to the Kenya Red Cross, 20 patients in critical condition were transferred to Pandya Memorial, Aga Khan, Premiere and Coast Provincial General Hospital.
It took firefighters approximately two hours to extinguish the fire. The Mombasa Hospital is the largest private hospital in the county.