Ajoy Ghosal, an 80-year old cancer patient, was to be released on Friday morning from AMRI Hospital, but the devastating fire that claimed more than 84 lives changed everything.
Ghosal, a political leader, died after inhaling the poisonous smoke from the fire that engulfed the seven-storey
centrally air-conditioned hospital building.
"He was shifted to the annexe building last evening only from the main hospital building and was to be released this
morning," Jishnu Choudhury, a relative of Ghosal, told PTI outside the multi-facility AMRI Hospital at Dhakuria in the
southern part of the city.
There were many others like Ghosal, admitted to the super speciality hospital with the hope of recovering from their illness, who suffered the same fate.
Presenting a grim sight, more than 20 bodies were lying on the floor of an operation theatre on the second floor of the main building as anxious relatives milled around hoping desperately that their near and dear ones were not among them.
There were 164 patients in the building at the time the fire, which started from the basement packed with inflammable
stuff, which engulfed the building.
Hospital sources said 94 patients have been shifted to other hospitals or to the main building of the AMRI Hospital.
Foul smell of the smoke hovered all around the annexe building and people fell unwell after inhaling it.
Glass shards from the broken panes were strewn all around the ground floor and outside.