Mumbai, April 23, 2021: A fire broke out at Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar in Mumbai early on Friday morning. Thirteen Covid-19 patients lost their lives in the incident, the hospital’s CEO Dr Dilip Jain confirmed.The fire started around 3.15 am due to a short-circuit in the air conditioner in the intensive care unit (ICU). It was extinguished by 5.30 in the morning.
The fire department has confirmed that there were 17 Covid patients in the ICU. The five survivors have been shifted elsewhere.
Vijay Vallabh Hospital is a private entity functioning as a Covid hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Thackeray spoke to concerned officials and directed them to focus on extinguishing the fire completely and ensuring treatment of other patients continues uninterrupted.He has also directed the administration to immediately inquire whether the hospital was adequately equipped in terms of fire safety.