Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has condoled the death of 10 infants in the hospital fire in Maharashtra's Bhandara.
"Extremely saddened to know about the most tragic incident of fire at Bhandara Civil Hospital. Convey my deepest condolences to the families of the innocent children who lost their lives," said Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident.
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of children who died in the fire.
As per a statement issued by the Chief Minister's office, Thackeray expressed deep sorrow over the death of infants who died in the fire at the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the hospital.
"Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has expressed deep sorrow over the death of newborn babies in a fire that broke out in a child care unit at the district hospital in Bhandara. As soon as he came to know about the incident, he spoke to Health Minister Rajesh Tope and directed an immediate inquiry into the whole incident. The Chief Minister has also spoken to the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police and they too have been directed to investigate," CMO said.
Expressing his grief over the incident, Health Minister Tope said he will visit the incident site at 5 pm today.
As many as 10 children died in a fire that broke out SNCU of Bhandara District General Hospital at 2 am on Saturday.
(With inputs from agencies)