CM Mamata announces 24x7 fire engine presence after Kolkata hospital fire
Fire at SSKM hospital was controlled after 16 fire tenders were pressed into action.kolkata Updated: Nov 21, 2016 15:20 IST
Panic gripped patients as fire broke out at premier state run SSKM hospital in Kolkata. So much so chief minister Mamata Banerjee herself rushed to the spot and announced that fire tenders will be placed round the clock at the hospital. Sixteen fire engines were pressed into action to control the fire. No casualties were reported.
“We will probe what caused the fire. Fire fighters and police did a good job to control the fire. We are planning to keep fire tenders at hospitals round the clock inside this hospital and other hospitals of the state. I have asked the police and fire brigade to inspect all the buildings in this hospital,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
“Fire engines, disaster management groups and police have been pressed into action. The fire is under control now,” said Mayor Sovon Chatterjee who visited the hospital along with CM.
Heavy smoke was seen at the Ronald Ross building of the hospital around 11.15 am. Fire was located at the 6th floor of the building. Following which panic gripped patients and their relatives who started to run around the hospital premises.
Sixteen fire tenders rushed to the spot along with heavy deployment of police. Meanwhile, chief minister Mamata Banerjee herself rushed to the spot. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The state government is mulling setting up a permanent fire stations, if not fire tenders placed at major hospitals in Bengal..
Meanwhile, patients at outdoors as well as those admitted faced trying time.
“There are no doctors or nurses. They have all ran out. I have been waiting for a long time. Many patients are being left unattended following the panic,” Ajoy Gopal Bhattacharya, (64), an outdoor patient of SSKM.
In West Bengal recently, a number of fire incidents have taken place in hospitals both government run and private. Three persons including a child died in August this year after a fire broke out at a Murshidabad Medical college and hospital.
In 2011 in tragic fire incident 89 people died in AMRI hospital in Kolkata after.