Fire broke out at Maharashtra hospital , 10 dead .

At least 10 people have died after a massive fire broke out on Saturday at a district hospital in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar.

“A total of 10 people died in a fire incident at Ahmednagar district hospital,” news agency ANI reported, quoting district collector Rajendra Bhosale. 

The district collector later informed that there were 17 patients admitted with coronavirus disease (Covid-19) when the fire broke out at around 11 am. A short circuit seems to be the primary cause of the incident.

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a detailed inquiry and has also sought a detailed report on the matter. Thackeray’s office said in a statement that the chief minister spoke to the district guardian minister Hasan Mushrif and chief secretary Sitaram Kunte as soon as he came to know about the incident, asking them to ensure medical attention to those in need.

“CM Thackeray has expressed condolences and ordered a detailed probe and action against those responsible for negligence,” the chief minister’s office stated.

The government has announced an ex-gratia amount of ₹5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased, said Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope.

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