INDIA. Mumbai: At least four people were killed and many others injured when a fire broke out in a private hospital located on Nagpur-Amravati road in Nagpur in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra on Friday night.
The fire broke out at “Well treat Hospital” located at Pooja Chambers at Wadi at about 7.45 pm sending panic waves among the citizens since the city is already under the grip of fast-spreading coronavirus. Soon fire tenders from the MIDC fire brigade and Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s fire brigade and ambulances rushed to the spot. The fire was brought under control by 9.30 PM. However, by that some of the patients already suffered from asphyxiation.
Seventeen patients were on 3 rd floor and 5 patients were admitted to the ward on the fourth floor. According to reports, there were nearly 50 patients admitted to the hospital. A doctor and a ward boy were injured due to glowing embers. One of the deceased was identified as Tulshiram Pal, while the attempts were on to identify others.
“The fire reportedly started from an AC unit of the ICU located on the second floor of the hospital. The blaze remained confined to that floor and did not spread further,” Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) chief fire officer Rajendra Uchke said. The hospital was not treating any COVID-19 patients. “There were 10 patients on the second floor when the fire erupted. While six patients came out on their own, four others were rescued by the fire brigade personnel,” he added.
Maharashtra Sports Minister Sunil Kedar rushed to the spot and instructed authorities to immediately shift patients to other hospitals. Accordingly, the police shifted the patients to different hospitals, including the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital(Mayo Hospital) and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted to condole the deaths. Fadnavis added that he spoke to the Nagpur collector and all assistance is being provided.
Earlier on March 26, at least 10 people were killed after a fire broke out at a private COVID-19 hospital located in a mall in the Bhandup area in North-East Mumbai.