Five coronavirus patients were killed after a fire broke out in the ICU of a designated COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat's Rajkot in the early hours of Friday, a fire brigade official said.
Meanwhile, offering his condolance on Twitter, PM Narendra Modi, wrote, "Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a hospital fire in Rajkot. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate tragedy. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured. The administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected (sic)."
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe into the incident.
Thirty other coronavirus patients undergoing treatment at the hospital were rescued, he said.
The fire broke out in the ICU of Uday Shivanand Hospital in Mavdi area, where 33 patients were admitted, around 1 am. Seven of the patients were admitted to the ICU, fire brigade official J B Theva said.
"We rushed to the spot and rescued 30 patients after a call informing about the fire was received. Three patients died inside the ICU," he said.
The fire is under control. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet, he said.
The rescued patients have been shifted to other COVID-19 hospitals, he added.
In August, eight COVID-19 patients were killed after a fire broke out on the top floor of a four-storey private hospital in Ahmedabad.
(With inputs from PTI)