A day-old baby boy was charred to death after he was left behind in an ambulance that caught fire outside a Thane hospital early on Friday.
The child had just been connected to a ventilator when the fire broke out. Doctor Bhavdeep Garg and nurse Rejo Chacko jumped out to save themselves but forgot to take the baby with them. Within minutes, the vehicle was engulfed in flames even as the child’s father, Manish Jain, and other relatives looked on.
“It happened in just a few seconds. We were outside the hospital, waiting for the baby to be put in the ambulance,” said a family member. “As the doctor started the oxygen supply, we noticed a spark. Before we realised the seriousness of the incident, the entire vehicle had caught fire. As everyone ran, no one realised that the child was still in the ambulance,” he said.
“We got a call at 1.15am about the fire. We reached the hospital within three minutes but saw two ambulances were charred. Prima facie, we found that the oxygen cylinder had exploded,” said Arvind Mandke, chief fire officer.
Assistant commissioner of police VB Chandanshive said they were investigating the cause of the fire.