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Gujarat: 8 patients die as fire breaks out at Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Fire
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Gujarat: 8 patients die as fire breaks out at Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 Aug 2020, 11:43 am

Ahmedabad/UNI: At least eight patients lost their lives in a major fire that broke out at a Covid-19-designated private hospital in Ahmedabad's Navrangpura area in the wee hours of Thursday.

Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Health Minister Nitin Patel said that the fire occurred at around 3 am this morning in the ICU ward of Shreya hospital in the posh area of Navrangpura locality.

Three of the eight deceased were reported to be women.

There were around 50 Covid-19 patients in the hospital at the time of the incident.

Patel said that a high-level committee has been formed to probe the whole incident and submit the report within three days.

"Though the exact reason of fire is not yet known, it is understood that it might have been triggered by a short circuit in any of the electronic equipment in the ICU," he added.

The remaining 41 patients have been safely shifted to government-run SVP hospital here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

He tweeted, "Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to CM @vijayrupanibjp
Ji and Mayor @ibijalpatel Ji regarding the situation. Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected."

Meanwhile, one of the four trustees of the hospital has been detained by the police for interrogation. It is also being investigated whether the hospital was fully fire safety compliant or not.

The FSL and Fire department personnel have also been involved in the investigation. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, "Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident at a hospital in Ahmedabad. My condolences and thoughts are with the affected families in this hour of grief. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured."