Andheri Hospital Fire: 9 dead, CM Fadnavis orders inquiry

ESIC Kamgar Hospital Fire

Mumbai, Dec 18: The death toll in the fire that broke out in the ESIC Kamgar Hospital in Mumbai’s Andheri on Monday rose to 9 on Tuesday, which included a six-month-old baby girl.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered an enquiry into the mishap following reports of inadequacies and negligence on part of the civic hospital. The chief minister also spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister JP Nadda. Fadnavis expressed grief over loss of lives and prayed for the speedy recovery of injured. He assured the victims of all assistance.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Tuesday announced the compensation of Rs 10 lakh for families of those who lost their lives in the fire and 2 lakh for critically injured and 1 lakh for injured.

Earlier today, the staff of ESIC Kamgar Hospital staged a protest alleging inadequate facilities in the hospital.

Over 147 people, mostly patients and staff were rescued from the massive blaze that engulfed the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Andheri (East) on Monday.

Of the 176 rescued injured, at least another 25 admitted to various hospitals remain critical from the devastating fire broke out in the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in MIDC, Andheri East on Monday evening.

While 142 continue their treatment in over half a dozen public and private hospitals, 26 have been discharged so far, said the official.

Of the nine fatalities, a majority died due to suffocation, and at least one panicked and jumped from the third floor to his death.

The fire was first noticed near the Operation Theatre of the five-storey hospital located at Marol MIDC, an industrial hub.

The blaze, which is suspected to have been caused by a short-circuit, quickly spread horizontally and vertically, trapping around 155 people in the building with a glass facade.

While the firemen used ladders, other rescuers deployed ropes and saris tied as ropes to bring down the wailing and screaming people trapped on the third and fourth floors.

Mumbai has witnessed over a dozen major fires in residential and commercial premises this year, claiming over 50 lives and injuring several hundreds, besides damaging to properties worth in crores.

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