Vijayawada Fire Highlights: 9 dead in blaze at coronavirus facility, Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia announced

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Updated: August 10, 2020 8:34:14 am

Vijayawada Hotel Fire: 9 people were killed in a fire at a hotel being used as a Covid-19 facility in Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada.

Vijayawada Fire, Vijayawada Hotel FireThe fire at Hotel Swarna Palace in Vijayawada. (Express photo)

Vijayawada Hotel Fire News: At least nine people were killed and a dozen were injured after a massive fire broke out at a Covid-19 facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada. The incident took place at Hotel Swarna Palace on Sunday morning. According to reports, the fire was caused by a short circuit. A private hospital had leased Hotel Swarna Palace in Vijayawada to keep infected Covid patients. Several fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. The situation was brought under control after five hours. Nearly 20 people were rescued from the facility and rushed to a nearby hospital. Those injured in the fire are said to be stable and undergoing treatment at another hospital in the town. District Collector AMD Imtiaz said preliminary investigation suggested that a short circuit could be the cause of the fire. The incident took place around 5 am. We are evacuating the entire building,” Imtiaz said as reported by ANI. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of the deceased. He has also ordered an in-depth probe into the mishap.

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    11:22 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    'In deep anguish', tweets Chandrababu Naidu over Vijayawada fire incident

    Former Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu has expressed anguish at the death of patients in a fire at a COVID facility in Vijayawada. "In deep anguish after learning about the fire accident at the Vijayawada Covid Centre this morning. I extend my deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and pray for the speedy recovery to those injured," he tweeted aong with a clip of the mishap.

    11:17 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada Fire: G Kishan Reddy expresses shock

    Earlier this morning, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy tweeted that NDRF teams joined the local authorities to carry out relief operations and offered prayers to the families of the deceased. "Shocked and distressed by the news of fire at a Covid centre in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. NDRF teams have joined the local authorities in relief operations. Prayers for the families of the bereaved and safety of others," Reddy said.

    11:13 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Ahmedabad Covid facility fire - Quick recap

    Earlier on Thursday, eight people were killed in a fire in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private Covid-19 designated hospital in Ahmedabad. Eight of them in the ICU which was completely charred. According to police, the fire broke out due to a short circuit on the fourth floor of the facility.

    11:11 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada hotel fire: Amit Shah deeply anguished, assures central support to Andhra

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah has tweeted that he is deeply anguished by news of tragic fire accident at a COVID19 facility in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. "Centre assures all possible support to state govt. Condolences with affected families in this time of grief. Praying for speedy recovery of those injured," Shah said.

    11:03 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada hotel fire doused

    The fire at a hotal that was being used as a Covid-19 facility in Vijayawada has been doused. The situation was brought under control after five hours. The fire broke out at around 5 am. The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit.

    10:57 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada Fire Accident Today Live Updates

    B Srinivaslu, Vijaywada Police Commissioner, said at least 30 coronavirus patients were being treated at facility. The fire was reported at around 5:09 am and the fire was controlled within 25-30 minutes. 15-20 people were rescued and sent to another private hospital. "Some are in critical condition in the hospital. About 30 Covid-19 patients and 10 hospital staff were here," B Srinivaslu said.

    10:56 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada Fire Accident Today: Patients jumped from terrace of Covid facility

    According to a report in The Indian Express, at least seven patients panicked and rushed and jumped from the terrace as the flames spread to the upper floors. Two others were asphyxiated as thick fumes enveloped the hotel.

    10:54 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijaywada Fire Today: CM Jagan announces Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia

    ANdhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of the deceased and ordered an in-depth probe into the mishap.

    10:52 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijaywada COVID facility fire: PM Modi speaks to Andhra CM, assures support

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of patients in a fire incident at a COVID facility in Andhra Pradesh's Vijaywada on Sunday. He said he discussed the incident with state chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and assured all possible help.

    10:50 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    CM Jagan expresses shock at fire mishap at Vijayawada Covid-19 facility

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock and grief over the fire mishap and enquired about the cause of the accident. His office said that the CM has directed the concerned officials to take up the rescue measures and admit the injured in nearby hospitals.

    10:49 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada Hotel Fire: Jagan Mohan Reddy orders inquiry

    Andhra Pradesh CM's Office informed that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed officials to conduct an inquiry into the accident. The fire occurred in the hotel which was taken on lease and being run by a private hospital to treat COVID19 patients.

    10:47 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Andhra hotel fire - Latest visuals

    Nine people killed in a major fire at a hotel which was being used as a coronavirus facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada.

    10:45 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada fire: 20 patients shifted to various hospitals

    Vijayawada police Commissioner B Srinivasulu said that 20 patients have been shifted to various hospitals. There were 30 patients undergoing treatment at the facility and 10 hospital staff.

    10:44 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada: Hotel Swarna Palace was taken a private hospital

    According to Krishna district Collector MD Imtiaz, the Hotel Swarna Palace was taken by a private hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. The fire broke out in the early hours. Rescue operations are on.

    10:36 (IST)09 Aug 2020
    Vijayawada: 9 killed in fire at covid facility

    As many as nine patients were killed in a fire accident at a hotel which was converted to a COVID-19 care facility in Vijayawada.

    The incident in Vijayawada comes days after eight people were killed in a fire at a private hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. There were 49 patients in the 50-bed Shrey Hospital when the fire broke out.
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