There were around 50 patients present in the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch when a fire broke out in the COVID-19 ward
At least 18 COVID patients lost their lives after a fire broke out at a hospital in Bharuch, Gujarat on Saturday. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained while the authorities have launched a probe into the incident.
According to reports, there were around 50 patients present in the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch when a fire broke out in the COVID-19 ward at 1 am. The fire fighting department rushed to the spot as soon as they were informed about the fire.
They managed to rescue a large number of patients from the four-storey building but 12 patients still lost their lives in the fire, as per an initial report.
The fire was controlled within an hour and around 50 patients were rescued by locals as well as firefighters, a fire official said. They were shifted to nearby hospitals, he added.
“As per information at 6.30 am, the death toll in the tragedy stood at 18. Immediately after the fire, we had confirmation of 12 deaths,” a police official told. The 12 patients in the COVID-19 ward died due to the fire and resultant smoke, Bharuch SP Rajendrasinh Chudasama said.
It is not clear if the remaining six also died in the Welfare hospital or while being shifted to other hospitals. The COVID-19 designated hospital is situated on the Bharuch-Jambusar highway, around 190 km from the state capital Ahmedabad and is being run by a trust. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the official said.