As many as 14 babies had a narrow escape on Friday when a massive fire broke out in a child care unit of a government-run hospital in the Goalpara district of Assam.
The fire incident took place at Goalpara civil hospital on Friday morning.
Hospital authorities said that 14 babies, many staff members and attendants of the patients were present when the fire had broken out in the child care unit of the hospital.
As bellows of smoke were seen coming out of the child care unit, attendants of patients and other people rushed to the spot and engaged in the rescue operation.
Meenakshi Das Nath, Deputy Commissioner of Goalpara district, said that fire tenders immediately reached the hospital and brought the situation under control.
“All 14 babies and mothers were rescued and shifted to nearby private hospitals Das Nath said.
“We have also shifted serious patients who were in the ICU to private hospitals.
The situation is now under control and there is no report of any casualties in the incident,” Nath said.
“We suspect that the fire broke out due to a short circuit. We have ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. We have also ordered a power audit of the hospital,” Nath said.