At least 8 patients died after a massive fire broke out at Shrey hospital in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Wednesday (August 5) night.
The fire erupted at the fourth floor of the hospital located in Ahmedabad’s Navrangpura area.
The blaze was reportedly caused by an electrical short-circuit.
The victims include five men and three women. Around 35 patients at the facility were rescued and moved to a civic hospital in the city.”Eight coronavirus patients admitted in the ICU ward of Shrey Hospital have died due to the fire, which has been doused,” an official of the Ahmedabad Fire Department told PTI.
Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat, said that Shrey Hospital has been sealed and 41 patients were shifted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital. He added that bodies were sent for post-mortem.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the loss of lives in a fire that broke out at a Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. At least eight patients have been killed in the accident.
“Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” the prime minister tweeted.
The prime minister added that he spoke to Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel over the incident.
PM Modi has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakhs each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of the deceased. He announced that Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured due to the fire.