'All patients evacuated, no casualty due to fire', clarifies Mumbai hospital
A fire broke out at a mall in Mumbai's Bhandup area just before midnight in which a private Covid-19 hospital is located. The rescue operation is still on at the Dreams mall and 23 fire engines are on the spot.
The BirhanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that there have been two deaths, but the Sunrise hospital said those are not linked to the fire incident.
"There were two dead bodies (due to Covid) which were also evacuated. There was no casualty due to fire," the hospital said in a statement on Friday morning.
It also said that the fire broke out on the first floor of the mall. "The smoke reached the hospital located at the top floor. All fire alarms beeped and hence all patients were safely evacuated due to the smoke to the fire refuge area," the statement said.
"This hospital was started in exceptional circumstances of Covid last year and has helped in saving many patients from Covid deaths. It is functioning with all due compliances like fire licence nursing home licence etc. The hospital staff did a fantastic job in safely evacuating patients on wheelchairs and beds to the refuge areas and by following the fire drills," the statement further said.
The hospital said it is grateful to Mumbai fire brigade and the police "for helping us save lives".
The police officials, who reached the spot, said that it was level 4 fire. The BMC said that it started at 11.59pm on Thursday.
Smoke can be seen billowing from the building on Friday morning as firefighters are trying to douse the blaze.
Speaking about the incident earlier, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said, "This is the first time I have seen a hospital in a mall. This is a very serious situation. Seven patients were on ventilators. 70 patients have been taken to another hospital. There will be an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire."
The patients were earlier shifted to a safer refuge area and oxygen support was made available for them.