11 people died and seven others were injured after a fire broke out in the ICU at the civil hospital in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on Saturday. The Maharashtra government has ordered a probe and the Divisional Commissioner has been asked to tender an initial report in a week’s time.
In the meantime, Health Minister, Rajesh Tope announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of the deceased.
Earlier in the day, a massive fire broke out in the ICU of the Ahmednagar hospital around 11 AM and killed 10 patients, who were undergoing treatment against coronavirus. The incident also left one patient critical.
After getting information about the incident, Thackeray spoke to district guardian minister Hassan Mushrif and state chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, and asked them to ensure that other patients admitted there should get proper treatment without any disturbance.
Rajendra Bhosale, the district collector of Ahmednagar, confirmed that 10 patients died in the blaze, which also left one patient critical.
Shankar Misal, chief fire officer of the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation, said that after the fire broke out, police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the facility and began the rescue and fire fighting operation.
A police official said that after the fire, the injured patients were rushed to a nearby hospital, where 10 of them were declared brought dead.
It must be noted that in April 2021, 15 COVID patients had died in a blaze at the ICU of a private hospital in the Palghar district of Maharashtra.