In Gujarat, a major fire broke out in Ahmedabad’s COVID hospital in the wee hours today. According to police sources, at least eight COVID patients including three women died in the incident. Sources said that the fire started around 3:30 am in the ICU department of Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad.
Several fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the fire. Many patients had been rescued by the police and fire department. Ahmedabad police have arrested the Director of the Shrey Hospital Bharat Mahant.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that fire broke out in the ICU unit of the hospital. He said that the primary reason for the fire is likely to be short circuit. Government has ordered an inquiry into this incident by two senior IAS officers.
Police and FSL experts have started investigations. Principal Health Secretary Dr. Jayanti Ravi and Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar rushed to the spot after the incident. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed grief and sorrow over the death of patients in the fire incident.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have expressed condolences over the loss of lives in fire accident at a hospital in Ahmedabad. Ram Nath Kovind said he is sad to hear about the tragic fire accident. He said his thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. He also wished the injured an early recovery.
The Vice President said he is deeply pained by the loss of lives and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the loss of lives in a fire incident at a hospital in Ahmedabad early Thursday and said the administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected.
“Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” the prime minister tweeted.
PM Modi spoke with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and city mayor Bijal Patel regarding the situation.
“Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected,” he said.
An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the hospital fire in Ahmedabad, the PMO said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister’s Office also said Rs 50,000 each would be given to those injured in the fire.