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Eight COVID patients die in fire at Ahmedabad hospital

IANS

Gandhinagar, August 6, 2020

A major fire in the ICU of a private dedicated COVID hospital in Ahmedabad claimed the lives of eight patients, including 5 men and 3 women, in the wee hours of Thursday.

One patient with serious burn injuries is being treated while 40 other patients have been evacuated and shifted to the SVP hospital in Ahmedabad.

According to information, the fire broke out in the ICU ward of Shrey Hospital, a dedicated COVID-19 hospital in Navrangpura area in Ahmedabad at around 3 a.m. on Thursday.

"Eight patients admitted in the ICU ward have died due to burns and asphyxiation. Looking at the primary information, it is assumed that the fire broke out due to a short circuit. Our officials are investigating the incident with the help of FSL experts. The bodies of the victims are being sent for the post-mortem examination," said a senior police official of the Navrangpura police station.

All the victims were coronavirus patients admitted in the ICU of the hospital, situated on the fourth floor of the building.

Several fire fighters were rushed to the spot and within hours brought the fire under control. Shrey Hospital, is a 50-bed private hospital.

"We have shifted over 40 patients admitted in the hospital to the SVP hospital in Ahmedabad. One of the paramedical workers is also badly affected from burns. Stable patients and other patients on oxygen have also been shifted to the SVP hospital. The shifting process is still on," said a hospital official.

IANS

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