Four patients died this morning after a fire broke out in a private hospital near Maharashtra’s Thane, around 28km from state capital Mumbai. Several others were injured in the fire.
The blaze, which broke out in the Prime Criticare Hospital at Kausa in Mumbra at around 3.40 am, has now been brought under control. Three fire engines and five ambulances had been rushed to the spot.
Twenty patients were rescued from the hospital – six of them were in the ICU. The fire destroyed the first floor of the hospital, the official said, adding that there were no Covid patients at the facility.
Maharashtra Minister and MLA Jitendra Awhad said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been informed of the incident adding that the victims’ families will receive Rs 5 lakh compensation each. The injured will get Rs 1 lakh.
A high-level enquiry committee comprising officials of the city’s civic body, police officers and medical officials has been constituted to investigate the the cause of the fire, the minister said.
Days ago, fourteen coronavirus patients who were in the ICU died in a fire at a hospital in Virar, around 50 km from Thane.