16 patients, 2 nurses killed in India’s Gujarat COVID hospital fire
Published: 10:38 AM, 1 May 2021 Updated: 12:02 PM, 1 May 2021
A fire broke out at a COVID hospital in India’s Gujarat on Saturday, leaving 18 dead
At least 16 Covid-19 patients and two nurses died after a fire broke out at a COVID hospital in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
The Anandabazar Patrika reported that the hospital named Welfare Hospital Bharuch caught fire in the early hours on Saturday. According to Bharuch Superintendent of Police Rajendrasin Chudasama, the patients died “due to fire and resultant smoke”.
The COVID Hospital is located on the Bharuch-Jambusar Highway, around 190 km from Ahmedabad. A total of 70 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the four-storey hospital at the time of the fire. 24 of them were in ICU. After the fire broke out, locals and firefighters rescued the patients and took them to a nearby hospital.
Indian media outlet NDTV reported that the fire broke out on the first floor of the hospital at around 1:00 am and then quickly spread. The fire service personnel brought the fire under control within an hour.
Superintendent of Police Rajendrasin Chudasama said 18 people were reported dead at 6:30 am on Saturday. Of these, 12 died at the time of the fire. “It is not clear if the remaining six also died in the Welfare Hospital or while being shifted to other hospitals.”
It is also unknown the exact cause of the fire, he added.