10 patients Die As Fire Breaks Out In Covid Ward At Maharashtra Hospital

Story Highlights
  • 10 patients have died after a fire broke out in the ICU of the Civil Hospital in Maharashtra.
  • The cause of the blaze is due to an electrical short circuit.
  • Reportedly, an official inquiry will take place.

Ahmednagar: 10 patients have died after a fire broke out in the ICU of the Civil Hospital in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar at around 11 AM today. Another patient has been seriously injured. The fire was in the hospital’s COVID-19 ward, in which 17 patients had been admitted. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a probe into the tragedy. The remaining patients have been shifted to a Covid ward in another hospital, District Collector Dr Rajendra Bhosle told reporters, adding that a ‘fire audit’ of the structure had been conducted.

The cause of the blaze, which has now been extinguished, is as yet unknown, but preliminary investigations by the fire department suggest it started due to an electrical short circuit, Dr Bhosle said. Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said the ICU had been newly built for the express purpose of treating coronavirus patients, and the fact that a fire had broken out was a “very serious issue”.

Mr Malik said all hospitals had been asked to undertake a ‘fire audit’ and that the Ahmednagar Civil Hospital’s report in this regard would be checked, and a thorough investigation would take place. The minister also said Chief Minister Thackeray extended his condolences to the families of those who had died, and assured them of every possible support. Former Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis tweeted calling for “strict action against all responsible people”.

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