A fire at a Covid-19 hospital in Maharashtra, India, has killed 13 patients. According to the Times of India, the fire broke out due to an electrical short circuit at the Vijay Vallabh Kovid Hospital in Virar, Palghar, near Mumbai. Two days ago, 24 corona patients died due to lack of oxygen after an oxygen tanker leaked at a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nasik district.
It is learned that a fire broke out at Vijay Vallabh Kovid Hospital around 3:30 pm on Thursday. It is alleged that the hospital did not have enough doctors or paramedics. A total of 90 patients were admitted to the hospital in this condition. A total of 16 patients were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 13 of them lost their lives. 10 fire engines reached the spot to bring the fire under control. Besides, work is underway to transfer the corona patients from that hospital to another hospital.
After the fire broke out, panic spread among the patients and health workers. The fire service said that the fire was extinguished at the hospital by 5:30 am today.
Eyewitness Abinash Patil said about the accident, ‘The fire fighting system in the hospital was broken. The water sprinkler or fire extinguisher cylinder was not working. There was no doctor at the time of the incident. Only two nurses were standing in front of the hospital. I see a fire in the ICU. Let’s see how patients get burned in that fire. I witnessed this incident when my mother came to be admitted to this hospital.
According to Indian media Anandabazar, Dilip Shah, the chief executive officer of the hospital, said, “The fire broke out in the ICU around 3 pm. It killed 13 people. The 21 patients who were in critical condition have been shifted to other hospitals.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered an inquiry into the blaze, according to the chief minister’s office.