10 Patients Die in Fire at Covid Ward in Maharashtra Hospital

Ten patients have died after a fire broke out in the ICU (intensive care unit) of the Civil Hospital in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar at around 11 am on Saturday.

Another patient has been seriously injured.

The fire was in the hospital’s COVID-19 ward, in which 17 patients had been admitted.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a probe into the tragedy. The remaining patients have been shifted to a Covid ward in another hospital, District Collector Dr Rajendra Bhosle told reporters, adding that a ‘fire audit’ of the structure had been conducted.

The cause of the blaze, which has now been extinguished, is as yet unknown, but preliminary investigations by the fire department suggest it started due to an electrical short circuit, Dr Bhosle said.

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