Maharashtra: 11 patients dead in fire at Ahmednagar District Hospital ICU; Home Minister Amit Shah expresses grief

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Updated: November 06, 2021 4:46 PM

Deeply anguished by the heart-wrenching accident that took place in the Civil Hospital, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, said Home Minister Amit Shah.

The fire at Ahmednagar District Hospital has been brought under control.

The death toll in the tragic fire at Ahmednagar Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Maharashtra has climbed to 11. Earlier, there were reports of 10 deaths. This was confirmed by District Collector Rajendra Bhosale. Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik said that action will be taken against those found guilty. He added that CM Uddhav Thackeray will give compensation to the kins of the deceased.

“A fire broke out in the ICU unit of Ahmednagar’s government hospital, killing 10 people. One is seriously injured. We will check whether the ‘fire audit’ of the hospital was done or not. Action will be taken against those who are guilty. CM will give financial help to the kin of the deceased,” said Nawab Malik.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also expressed grief over the incident. “Deeply anguished by the heart-wrenching accident that took place in the Civil Hospital, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families and I pray to God for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Amit Shah.

According to the district collector, there were 17 COVID-19 patients in the ICU when the fire broke out around 11 am. The exact cause of the fire is not know yet but the collector said that initial investigations suggest it might have been caused due to a short circuit. He also informed that while one patient is critical, six patients have been shifted to another hospital.

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra and former CM Devendra Fadnavis termed the incident shocking. “Very shocking & disturbing news from Nagar. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in Nagar Civil Hospital ICU Fire incident. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured. In-depth inquiry should be conducted & strict action against all responsible people!” he said.

Fadnavis also demanded a thorough investigation into the incident and stern action against the culprits.

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