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10 Covid patients dead as fire breaks out at ICU in Ahmednagar hospital

By Priyanka Verma 
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10 Covid patients dead as fire breaks out at ICU in Ahmednagar hospital

Ten patients have died after a fire broke out in the ICU (intensive care unit) of the Civil Hospital in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar earlier today. Another patient has been seriously injured.

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The fire was in the hospital’s COVID-19 ward, in which 17 patients had been admitted.

The remaining have been shifted to a Covid ward in another hospital, Dr Rajendra Bhosle, the District Collector, told reporters, adding that a ‘fire audit’ of the structure had been conducted.

The cause of the blaze, which has now been extinguished, is as yet unknown, but preliminary investigations by the fire department suggest it started due to an electrical short circuit, Dr Bhosle said.

An official inquiry will take place, the senior government official told reporters.

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NCP leader Sangram Jagtap, who represents the Ahmednagar Assembly seat expressed sorrow over the incident and called for those responsible to be held to account, and for the victims’ families to get compensation.

“Today, in the Ahmednagar Civil Hospital, there was a fire… many people lost their lives. Definitely an4 inquiry will take place, but it must be a (state) government committee and not a local (zilla) committee. We must find out how the fire started and who was responsible… they must be held accountable,” he told reporters.

“There must also be compensation for the families of those killed and injured,” he added.

Visuals of the incident show smoke pouring out of the lower floors of the hospital.

Others show some people slowly re-entering the ward after the fire was put out, with soot-stained walls and broken ceiling panels visible.

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Yet more videos show the heart-breaking sight of doctors desperately trying to revive some of those caught in the fire, and those fortunate to be shifted out can be seen waiting in the courtyard.

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