A fire broke out at Mumbai hospital, over 70 patients evacuated
Last night, As many as 76 patients were safely rushed out of Dreams Mall Sunrise Hospital after a fire broke out on the first floor of a mall in Mumbai at around 12:30 AM.
Last night, As many as 76 patients were safely rushed out of Dreams Mall Sunrise Hospital after a fire broke out on the first floor of a mall — and administered a Covid-19 care hospital on the third floor — in Mumbai at around 12:30 AM. As many as 14 fire engines and 10 jumbo water tankers are present at the site of the incident to put out the flames.
Maharashtra: Fire breaks out at a hospital in Mumbai's Bhandup; rescue operation on— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2021
"Cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. I've seen a hospital at mall for the first time. Action to be taken. 70 patients including COVID infected shifted to another hospital," says Mumbai Mayor pic.twitter.com/sq1K29PVhe
Initially, it was informed about the death of two people in the incident. Later on, in a statement, the Sunrise Hospital clarified that "There was a fire on the first floor of Dreams Mall, Bhandup, and the smoke reached up to the Sunrise Hospital located at the top floor. All fire alarms beeps and hence all patients were safely evacuated due to the smoke to the fire refuge area. There were two dead bodies (due to Covid), which were also evacuated. There was no casualty due to fire."
"All patients were promptly shifted to Jumbo Covid centre and some to other private hospitals, adding that the hospital was started in exceptional circumstances of covid last year and has helped in saving many patients from covid-related death," concluded the statement.
Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar, who visited the incident site, said that the cause of the fire is yet to ascertain, adding that a detailed probe will be carried out to ascertain the cause of the incident. He further said that it's the first time he witnessed a hospital at a mall. Out of 76 patients, 73 were covid patients. It is reported that of the 73 patients, 30 were shifted to Mulund Jumbo centre whereas the remaining admitted themselves to different hospitals. The non-covid patients were shifted to Fortis Hospital.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s civic body BMC has started the investigation on this incident. As the fire comes in the wake of a surge of Covid-19 cases in the city. On Thursday Mumbai reported 5,504 cases and 14 deaths, making the total 3,80,146 positive cases and toll to 11,623 in the city.
Furthermore, in the wake of a surge in cases, BMC has planned to increase the bed capacity in hospitals from the current 13,773 to 21,000 in the next 15 days besides scaling up testing.