Mumbai: Two dead after fire breaks out at COVID-19 hospital in Bhandup
Over 70 COVID-19 patients were rushed out of Dreams Mall Sunrise Hospital when the fire broke out at around 12.30 am, officials said
Two COVID-19 patients died and 70 others were evacuated after a fire broke out at a hospital located in a Mumbai mall, a police official said on Friday.
The fire broke out at the Dreams Mall Sunrise Hospital in Bhandup area shortly after midnight, the official said.
The hospital is situated on the third floor of the five-storeyed mall building and many patients including those being treated for COVID-19 were at the hospital when the fire broke out, the official said.
The incident comes amid an upsurge in coronavirus cases in Mumbai. On Thursday, the city logged 5,504 new infections, the highest daily count since the pandemic.
The police official said two patients had died in the blaze, but a BMC control room official said there was confirmation of only one fatality so far.
The cause of the 'level four' fire (serious emergency call in fire brigade parlance) has not been ascertained yet, the control room sources said.
Around 20 fire engines, 15 water tankers and ambulances were rushed to the spot. Fire fighting operation is underway, the official said.
Patients were evacuated by the fire brigade and shifted to another hospital, the official said, adding fire personnel are checking if any patient is still stuck in the hospital.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar who visited the site expressed surprise that a hospital was operating inside the mall.
"I have seen a hospital at a mall for the first time," the mayor said, adding action will be taken if irregularities were found in allowing the facility to operate there.
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Nine COVID-19 patients died of suffocation at the Sunrise Hospital, a designated COVID-19 facility in the mall building which was also affected by the fire
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