Bharuch: At least 18 COVID-19 patients lost lives after a fire broke out at a hospital in Gujarat’s Bharuch in the wee hours on Saturday.
Heart-wrenching photos of the tragedy showed remains of some patients on stretchers as well as beds.
Around 50 patients were housed in the four-storeyed welfare hospital when the fire broke out at the COVID ward at 1 am. Locals and firefighters rescued the patients, according to an official.
“As per information at 6.30 am, the death count in the tragedy stood at 18. Immediately after the fire, we had confirmation of 12 deaths,” a police officer was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
A senior police officer in Bharuch, Rajendrasinh Chudasama, said that 12 patients died due to the fire and resultant smoke.
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