16 Covid-19 patients dead in hospital fire in Gujarat's Bharuch
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed grief over the deaths. A probe is underway to ascertain the cause of the fire.
At least 14 patients and two staff nurses lost their lives after a fire broke out at a Covid-19 designated ward in a hospital in Gujarat's Bharuch in the early hours on Saturday.
Fifty other patients admitted to the four-storeyed Welfare Hospital were rescued by locals and firefighters.
The fire broke out in the Covid-19 ward at 1 am.
The hospital is situated on the Bharuch-Jambusar highway, around 190 km from the state capital Ahmedabad and is being run by a trust.
A probe is underway to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed grief over the deaths.
"I express my condolences to the patients, doctors and hospital staff who lost their lives in the fire accident at Bharuch Hospital. The state government will provide assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the families of each of the victims of the accident," he said.