UPDATED: April 28, 2021 11:43 IST
Four patients died after a fire broke out at a private hospital near Thane, Maharashtra, on Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out at the Prime Criticare Hospital at Kausa in Mumbra locality near Thane at 3.40 am. According to officials, the hospital had no coronavirus patients.
Three fire engines and five ambulances were rushed to the spot and the blaze has been extinguished. Twenty patients including six in the intensive care unit were evacuated but four people died while shifting the patients to another hospital.
Speaking about the incident, Mumbai Police Inspector Madhukar Shivaji Kad said, “Four people have died in the fire but the cause of death will be ascertained through postmortem. Initially, we had received information that there are 12 people inside the hospital but the numbers may vary. A police investigation will be done and action will be taken.”
According to Local MLA and Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has been informed about the tragedy.
He added that the family of each deceased will be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and those injured will get Rs 1 lakh each.
A high-level enquiry committee has been constituted to go into the cause of the fire, he said. The committee will comprise officials from the Thane Municipal Corporation and the police and medical officials.
On April 23, 15 Covid patients died after a fire at the intensive care unit of a private hospital at Virar in the adjoining Palghar district of Maharashtra.