West Bengal: 3 dead, 50 children injured as fire engulfs Murshidabad hospital

A major fire broke out in a government hospital's medicine department in West Bengal's Murshidabad district, killing 3 and injuring 50 children  as the fire spread to the neonatal unit of the hospital on Saturday. Several more were reportedly trapped in the hospital.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a probe in the tragedy.

Soon after the fire broke out, patients were seen coming out of the hospital while some infants were taken out of the hospital ward. Panic prevailed in the hospital as people ran helter-skelter leading to a near stampede.

Many patients broke windows to escape from the hospital, ANI reported. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

"A fire broke out in the hospital. Two causalities were reported. Fire has been brought under control. There is no need for panic", Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) S Saha told PTI.

According to CNN-News 18, the fire was caused due to a short-circuit in the medicine department of the hospital.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Aug 27, 2016 17:17 PM

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