13 COVID patients in ICU killed in India hospital fire
Published: 09:52 AM, 23 April 2021 Updated: 12:19 PM, 23 April 2021
The injured patients were shifted to another hospital in Maharashtra, India on Friday morning; Photo: Collected
A fire at a hospital in the Indian state of Maharashtra has killed 13 Covid-19 patients in the ICU.
The incident took place at Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Maharashtra’s Virar town, about 70 km from the state capital Mumbai, on Friday morning.
Confirming the incident, Indian media NDTV reported that a fire broke out at Vijay Vallabh Hospital in the morning. Out of the 17 Covid-19 patients, 13 died. It is initially believed that the fire may have started due to a “short circuit in the ICU”.
Dilip Shah, CEO of Vijay Vallabh Hospital, said around 90 patients were admitted to the hospital at the time of the fire. Panic spread among patients and medical staff after the fire broke out.
He added that 13 Covid-19 patients had died in the fire. Another 21 people have been shifted to other hospitals in critical condition.
“I got a call from a friend around 3:00 am. His mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital. As I reached there, I saw fire engines outside the hospital. Being in the ICU, the second floor was covered in smoke. I saw only two nurses, there was no doctor. Half an hour later, firefighters brought the fire under control. I saw eight to ten bodies there,” Avinash Patil, an eyewitness, told reporters.