Kanpur: A fire broke out near the intensive care unit (ICU) on the first floor of the state-run LPS Institute of Cardiology here on Sunday, the Uttar Pradesh government said.
“The fire broke out in the storeroom. Things are under control now and officers are on the ground. There are no casualties. Around 140 patients were evacuated,” Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi told news agency.
At least 146 patients were admitted in the LPS Institute of Cardiology, part of the UP government-run Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College located in the Kanpur town when the fire broke out around 8 am, the police said, adding all the patients were moved to safety.
“The fire is under control. 146 patients were safely evacuated after the fire started. Nine patients are still in the ICU but they are medically safe and sound. No casualty has been reported from fire brigade as of now,” Aseem Arun, Police Commisioner, Kanpur, said.
“The Chief Minister has taken cognizance of the incident and has directed the district officials to arrange for treatment of patients in other hospitals. He has also set up a high-level committee comprising Principal Secretary (health) and DG Fire services to probe the incident. The committee will visit the site of the incident and submit its report. The Chief Minister has further directed all hospitals and medical facilities in the state to strengthen their firefighting equipment,” said Additional Chief Secretary (home) Avanish Awasthi.
The investigation team shall also include the divisional commissioner of Kanpur, the statement said.
Kanpur’s Additional Commissioner of Police Akash Kulhari said a couple of fire-tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire.
Window panes on the first floor of the hospital were broken to let the smoke out, an official said.
According to Swaroop Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Ashwani Pandey, the fire broke out on the first floor of the hospital.