13 patients die as fire breaks out at Covid hospital in India

# 11:19
23 April 2021

At least 13 COVID-19 patients died after a fire broke out at a private hospital in India's Maharashtra state on Friday morning, APA reports citing Sputnik.

According to the officials, the fire broke out in the intensive care unit (ICU) on the second floor of the four-storey Vijay Vallabh Hospital at Virar in Palghar District at around 3:15 am (local time).

"Around 17 patients were present in the ICU when the fire broke out. Several fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire was brought under control by 5:30 am," District Disaster Control Cell chief Vivekanand Kadam told Sputnik. 

He further mentioned that four patients were rescued and shifted to other hospitals in the area.