A huge fire has broke out at Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar in Mumbai today early morning. The fire has killed at least 13 patients, told hospital’s CEO Dr Dilip Jain.
The hospital had total 90 patients at the time of the incident, out of which 18 were in ICU. The fire broke out due to a blast in AC unit, said an official.
The thirteen dead included eight men and five women.
Visuals showed the smoke-filled ICU in a disruption after the fire, with the roof tumbling off in certain spots, beds and other furniture flung around and family of the dead crying outside the hospital.
The blaze started at 3:15 am due to a short-circuit in an AC in ICU. The fire was extinguished by 5:30 am in the morning.
As there were total 18 patients in the ICU out of which 13 died, the remaining 5 survivors were immediately shifted to other other wards in the hospital.
Taking to their twitter handles Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan have expressed their grief over the incident.
“The fire at a COVID-19 hospital in Virar is tragic. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon,” tweeted PM Modi.
In the mean time, Maharashtra Chief Minister has ordered probe into the incident. Speaking to the hospital authorities Thackeray asked them to make sure the fire is completely extinguished and the treatment is continued without any interruption.
He also ordered the administration to check if the hospital is sufficiently equipped with the safety resources and protocols.