Doctors at Sion hospital say they will have to keep Asha Pandav, her daughters Rani, Soni and Kiran, and niece Kavita Ahire, under observation for 72 hours.
Asha’s husband, Tulsiram, doused them with petrol and set them afire early on Tuesday morning, while they were asleep.
“Asha has suffered 75 to 80 per cent burns while the others have sustained burns ranging from 35 to 65 per cent. Since the burns are deep, it is hard to determine their chances of survival,” said Medical Officer, Dr Randir Singh.
The victims had initially been rushed to Ulhasnagar Central Hospital. They were moved to Sion hospital later because it has a burns ward.
They were made to wait for three hours in the emergency ward before they could be accommodated.
Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean of the hospital said, “We have admitted the patients in the hospital and are doing everything we can to save them.”
Doctors said the next 72 hours are critical for the victims because this is when patients with burns tend to develop kidney failure due to loss of water from their body.
Nervous relatives and neighbours waited in the casualty department as doctors treated the victims, who according to the doctors, are not out of danger yet.