At least eight people died as a fire broke out at a COVID-19 dedicated private hospital in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad early Thursday, said a report of NDTV.
As the fire broke out at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad’s Navrangpura area at about 3:00am, eight fire engines and 10 ambulances of the fire department were rushed to the site.
Five men and three women — admitted to the ICU ward of the hospital — died.
Around 45 patients were admitted to the 50-bed hospital at the time of the accident and the rest of them were rescued and shifted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, a civic hospital in the city, an official said.
India prime minister Narendra Modi expressed deep shock at the accident and extended sympathy to the bereaved families.
‘Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to CM @vijayrupanibjp Ji and Mayor @ibijalpatel Ji regarding the situation. Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected,’ he tweeted in the morning.
Gujarat chief minter Vijay Rupani said that the authorities concerned sealed off the hospital and they would investigate the incident, news agency ANI reported.
‘Sangeeta Singh, additional chief secretary of home department, will lead the probe committee. The chief minister has ordered for a report within three days,’ read a statement issued by Rupani's office.
‘Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the hospital fire,’ a tweet by the prime minister’s office read.
Sources said the blaze broke out due to a short circuit. The bodies of the eight patients were sent to morgue for post-mortem examinations.
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