6-month-old baby among 8 dead at hospital fire in Mumbai’s Andheri

Mumbai: On Monday, a fire broke out at a Mumbai hospital killing at least eight people, disaster management officials said. Over 140 people have been rescued so far. While six were killed on Monday, two died on Tuesday morning, taking the death toll to eight, news agency ANI reported. As per police officials one of the victims is a six-month-old baby.

The fire brigade got a call around 4 pm about the blaze at the government-run ESIC Kamgar Hospital located at Marol in suburban Andheri, the official from the city civic body’s disaster management cell said. 10 fire engines were sent to the spot, officials said, adding that efforts were on to douse the flames and evacuate the patients.

Patients were shifted to other places like Cooper Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital, P Thackeray Trauma Hospital, Hiranandani Hospital, Siddharth Hospital and Seven Hills hospital.

“The cause of the fire is not known yet. Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) is responsible for the fire audits, whether they carried out fire audits or not, that will be investigated,” Mumbai Mayor V Mahadeshwar told news agency ANI.

However, as per NDTV, MD Ogle deputy chief fire officer at MIDC had told them that 15 days ago the hospital had failed fire safety test. The fire department had found out that the sprinkle and detection system were not in line with provisions.

(With inputs from ANI)