eight people including 5 month old baby were dead and 108 injured after a major fire broke out at a Mumbai-based hospital.
A five-month-old baby girl was among the deceased at the fire at the government-run ESIC Kamgar hospital in Mumbai taking the death toll in the blaze to eight, with two more persons succumbing to injuries overnight, civic officials said.
Of the eight fatalities, a majority died due to suffocation, and at least one panicked and jumped from the third floor to his death.
Of the 176 rescued injured, at least another 25 admitted to various hospitals remain critical from the devastating fire broke out in the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in MIDC, Andheri East on Monday evening.
While 142 continue their treatment in over half a dozen public and private hospitals, 26 have been discharged so far, said the official.
Meanwhile, a fire official blamed the hospital for not ensuring a fire audit. \The official said he had inspected the hospital a fortnight ago and found the firefighting facilities there were not as per norms.
The fire was first noticed near the Operation Theatre of the five-storey hospital located at Marol MIDC, an industrial hub.
The blaze, which is suspected to have been caused by a short-circuit, quickly spread horizontally and vertically, trapping around 155 people in the building with a glass facade.
While the firemen used ladders, other rescuers deployed ropes and saris tied as ropes to bring down the wailing and screaming people trapped on the third and fourth floors.
Mumbai has witnessed over a dozen major fires in residential and commercial premises this year, claiming over 50 lives and injuring several hundreds, besides damaging to properties worth in crores.