Bhubaneswar : 22 killed, several injured as major fire breaks

BHUBANESWAR : After a major fire broke out at the Sum Hospital here this evening, At least 22 patients were killed and several injured.

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PM Modi : Spoke to Minister JP Nadda and asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. My thoughts are with bereaved families. The tragedy is mind-numbing. Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha.

The fire, suspected to have originated from the dialysis ward on the first floor, including the ICU on the same floor, of the four-storey hospital building.

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Over a dozen ambulances had been deployed to shift the critical patients to other hospitals, At least seven fire tenders were pressed into service to control the blaze.

An eye witnesses said, Many patients were rescued by breaking window panes.

Director General, Fire Service, B Behera said, The personnel of three fire stations of Bhubaneswar were engaged in the operation, We have launched the fire fighting as well as rescue operation in a big way.

Though the fire was suspected to have erupted due to an electric short circuit, he said.

Jyoti Prakash said, I do not know what happened to my father and other patients, I jumped down from the first floor where my father is being treated, adding that he could not proceed due to thick smoke.