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Gujarat: 18 coronavirus patients die in Bharuch hospital fire | India News


BHARUCH: At least 18 coronavirus patients died after a fire It exploded in a hospital in Gujarat’s Bharuch in the early hours of Saturday.
Heartbreaking images from the tragedy showed the remains of some patients roasted alive on stretchers and beds.
There were around 50 more patients in the four-story Wellness Hospital when the fire broke out in the Covid-19 ward at 1 a.m. They were rescued by locals and firefighters, an official said.
“According to information at 6.30 am, the death toll in the tragedy was 18. Immediately after the fire, we had confirmation of 12 dead,” a police officer told PTI.
All 12 patients in the Covid-19 ward died due to the fire and the resulting smoke, said Bharuch SP Rajendrasinh Chudasama.
It is not clear if the remaining six also died at the Bienestar hospital or while being transferred to other hospitals.
The Covid-19 designated hospital is located on the Bharuch-Jambusar highway, about 190 km from the state capital, Ahmedabad, and is managed by a trust.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, the official said.
The fire was brought under control in an hour and about 50 patients were rescued by locals and firefighters, a fire official said. They were transferred to nearby hospitals, he added.

Times of India