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Ten COVID-19 patients die in fire at hospital in Mumbai's Bhandup, cause of blaze to be ascertained

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the spot on Friday afternoon and introduced Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased

Representational picture. PTI

Mumbai: Ten coronavirus sufferers died in a hearth at a COVID-19 hospital in a Mumbai mall on Friday, police mentioned. The accident comes within the backdrop of the state being the toughest hit within the pandemic.

DCP Prashant Kadam mentioned 10 coronavirus sufferers died within the blaze. The hospital had earlier mentioned two deceased had been coronavirus sufferers who had been already useless from the illness when the hearth broke out. It’s but to touch upon the remaining eight deaths.

Civic and hospital officers have additionally not disclosed how many individuals had been rescued from there after the blaze.

The hearth broke out on the Dawn Hospital within the Goals Mall constructing in Bhandup space round midnight, the official mentioned. The hospital is located on the highest ground of the four-storeyed mall constructing.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray who visited the spot within the afternoon mentioned strict motion will probably be taken towards these discovered answerable for the hearth.

Thackeray apologised to the households of the victims and introduced Rs 5 lakh to the kin of every deceased.

Thackeray mentioned permission was granted to the hospital “on a brief foundation” final yr to run a COVID-19 centre.

The blaze comes amid an upsurge in coronavirus instances in Mumbai. On Thursday, the town logged 5,504 new infections, the very best every day rely because the pandemic started.

The reason for the hearth has not been ascertained but, BMC management room sources mentioned.

Thirty fireplace engines, 20 water tankers and ambulances had been rushed to the spot. Fireplace preventing operation is underway, the official mentioned.

Sufferers who had been evacuated had been shifted to a different hospital, the official mentioned.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar who visited the positioning expressed shock {that a} hospital was working contained in the

“I’ve seen a hospital at a mall for the primary time,” the mayor mentioned, including motion will probably be taken if irregularities had been present in permitting the power to function there.

The hospital in a press release mentioned, “There was a hearth on the primary ground of Goals Mall, Bhandup and the smoke reached as much as the Dawn Hospital situated on the highest ground. When fireplace alarms sounded, all sufferers had been safely evacuated to the hearth
refuge space because the smoke was reaching the hospital.”

A civic official mentioned the BMC had issued discover to the mall final yr for allegedly flouting fireplace security norms.

Former NCP MP Sanjay Patil mentioned he had written to the BMC commissioner final yr drawing the civic physique’s consideration to the alleged flouting of fireside security norms there.

President Ram Nath Kovind mourned the lack of lives within the hospital fireplace. “My ideas and prayers are with the households of the victims of this tragedy. I pray for fast restoration of the injured,” he tweeted.

“Pained by the lack of lives as a result of a hearth at a hospital in Mumbai. I pray that the injured get well quickly,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

“Pained by the lack of lives in a hearth incident at a COVID care hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra. My condolences to the bereaved households & prayers for the speedy restoration of the injured,” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.

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