Nine Dead in a Major Fire at Makeshift Coronavirus Facility in India’s Andhra Pradesh – Videos

New Delhi (Sputnik): Early on Sunday, a fire broke out at Hotel Swarna Palace, which was leased by a private hospital to keep COVID-19 infected patients, in Vijayawada. Police have said the flames engulfed the whole building after an air-conditioner short circuited on the ground floor.

Nine people are dead and several more have been injured in a major fire at a makeshift coronavirus facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijaywada on Sunday. While many patients panicked, rushed and jumped from the terrace as the flames engulfed the building’s upper floors, two were asphyxiated due to thick fumes, according to the initial reports. 

​Police have said a short circuit in an air-conditioner on the ground floor led to the fire in the hotel, which was leased by a private hospital to accomodate coronavirus patients. A district-level official has said that surviving patients have been moved to a nearby government hospital. 

Expressing shock over the incident, state chief Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced an ex-gratia of $6,670 (Rs 500,000) to the kin of the deceased and ordered an in-depth probe into the mishap. He has also directed authorities to take steps to ensure better medical services to the victims of the accident.

Anguished at the fire incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have extended their condolences regarding the deadly fire incident. 

​The incident has come after eight people died in a fire at a private hospital in Ahmedabad, in Modi’s home state Gujarat. There were 49 patients in the 50-bed Shrey Hospital; eight were in the ICU located on the fourth floor, which was completely destroyed in the blaze.

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