In a horrific incident, atleast 23 people lost their lives when a massive fire engulfed at the Sum Hospital on Monday night in Bhubaneswar. While several others are injured and have been shifted to other facilities, Hospital authorities in a conversation with Times Now said that the incident was an accident and that none was at fault.
“The fire started from the dialysis store. Our hospital is not at fault in the accident. It is all about bad luck. We took a quick stock of the situation and no single person can be blamed for it,” said Dr Das, Associate Dean of Sum Hospital. As per reports, the Hospital has also started cleaning the premises even before the forensic team could arrive at the spot.
The fire, suspected to have originated from the dialysis ward on the first floor, quickly spread to other areas,including the ICU on the same floor, of the four-storey hospital building. At least seven fire tenders were pressed into service to control the blaze and over a dozen ambulances had been deployed to shift the critical patients to other hospitals. Many patients were rescued by breaking window panes, said an eye witnesses.
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The rescued patients were shifted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar and other hospitals, said Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who visited Capital hospital to oversee treatment of evacuated patients, ordered a Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) level probe into the whole incident. Expressing his grief over the incident, he said free treatment would be provided to the injured persons.
State government has formed a three member committee under a Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) to probe the mishap. An FIR was also lodged late in the afternoon against the Hospital authorities. State’s Health Minister Atanu S Nayak said, stringent action will be taken if the hospital authorities are found guilty of negligence.