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Five dead after fire broke out in Gujarat’s COVID-19 hospital

Atleast five patients have died after a fire broke out in the ICU of a COVID-19 dedicated hospital of Gujarat’s Rajkot in the wee hours of Friday.

Twenty eight other coronavirus patients who were being treated at the Uday Shivanand Hospital in Mavdi area, are rescued. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe into the incident, his office said.

The fire broke out in the ICU at around 1 am on Friday.

“We rushed to the spot and rescued 30 patients after a call informing about the fire was received. Three patients died inside the ICU, while two died shortly thereafter,” a fire brigade official was quoted as saying by media houses.

The fire was brought under control, he said, though the cause of fire has not been ascertained yet.

The rescued patients have been shifted to other COVID-19 hospitals in the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths and said the administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected.

“Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a hospital fire in Rajkot. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate tragedy. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured. The administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

In August, eight COVID-19 patients were killed after a fire broke out on the top floor of a four-storey private hospital in Ahmedabad.

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