Killer negligence at SUM Hospital: Four arrested in Odisha fire tragedy

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New Delhi | October 18, 2016 9:30 PM

Four officials including the medical supridentant of Bhubaneswar's SUM hospital have been arrested on Tuesday evening, a day after at least 22 patients were killed and more than 100 were injured in the tragedy.

The fire was spotted first in the dialysis unit hospital, after which hospital staff tried to douse off the fire with two fire extinguishers for some time. (Express Photo)The fire was spotted first in the dialysis unit hospital, after which hospital staff tried to douse off the fire with two fire extinguishers for some time. (Express Photo)

Four officials including the medical supridentant of Bhubaneswar’s SUM hospital have been arrested on Tuesday evening, a day after at least 22 patients were killed and more than 100 were injured in the tragedy.

Earlier in the day, Odisha Bhubaneswar Chief Minister visited state capital’s AIIMS and AMRI hospital and said patients were recovering well. Not less than 105 patients were getting intensive care treatment at nine hospitals.

Describing the mishap as “very tragic”, Naveen Pattnaik, ordered an inquiry headed by a revenue divisional commissioner. As per reports , the tragedy occurred because of suffocation as the smoke spread in most of the wards very quickly after the fire. Most victims, who were on oxygen support, died.

The fire was spotted first in the dialysis unit hospital, after which hospital staff tried to douse off the fire with two fire extinguishers for some time. When the situation went out of hand, fire service personnel were called in.

Smoke started spreading to different parts of the hospital very quickly through false celling and ducts of air conditioning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced “deep anguish” at the loss of lives after the incident and called in it “mind-numbing”.

“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” PM Modi had said on microblogging website twitter.

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