13 patients suffocated to death in Maharashtra Covid Hospital fire

Palghar: As many as 13 patients suffocated to death and several others injured in a massive fire that broke out in a Covid hospital in Virar early on Friday, officials said.

The blaze was noticed around 3.15 a.m. on the second floor ICU Ward in the 4-storied Vijay Vallabh Hospital of Tirupati Nagar and quickly spread to other wards, according to Virar Fire Brigade.

On the other hand 21 patients including those in critical condition have been shifted to another hospital, said official of Vijay Vallabh COVID care hospital Dilip Shah.

The Fire Brigade rushed there with three fire tenders and managed to control the conflagration after two hours.

The fire is being suspected to have started due to a short-circuit of the air conditioner in the ICU.