8 dead after fire breaks out COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad

On Thursday, a major fire broke out in Ahmedabad’s COVID hospital. As many as eight patients in the ICU ward of a private COVID-19 designated hospital died after fire broke out.

Fire broke out at the Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad during the early hours of Thursday. Around 40 other COVID-19 patients at the facility were rescued and shifted to a civic hospital in the city, a fire official told PTI. The cause of the fire is not known yet. More details awaited.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in his home state. "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 (sic)," he tweeted.

The PMO has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF and Rs 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the fire in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe in the incident, "A probe has been ordered in the incident of fire at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad. Sangeeta Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home Department) will be leading the probe. The CM has ordered for a report within 3 days," Gujarat Chief Minister's Office said.

Rajendra Asari, JCP, Sector 1, Ahmedabad said that a thorough investigation will be conducted. "8 people have died in the fire incident. Other patients have been shifted to a safer place. A thorough investigation will be conducted," Asari said.

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