Maharashtra: 13 patients dead after fire breaks out at Covid hospital in Virar

Mumbai, 23rd April 2021: A fire broke out at a hospital in Virar leading to the deaths of as many as 13 people. The fire broke out early Friday morning at Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar in Mumbai. As per hospital CEO Dr Dilip Jain, 13 people have lost their lives in the blaze.

The news agency PTI has given this information by quoting the police. It is being told that this fire has started due to a short-circuit in this Vijay Vallabh Covid Care Hospital in Virar.

The police officer said that the fire broke out in the ICU of the hospital at around three in the morning. Currently, many patients have been resuscitated from the hospital. 16 patients were undergoing treatment in this hospital. At present, a team of policemen and firefighters is present on the spot and the rescue operation is going on.

At the same time, District Disaster Control Cell chief Vivekananda Kadam told PTI that the ICU’s AC unit caught fire due to a blast. The firefighters of the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation overcame the fire after an hour of strugle.

The names of the people who died

Uma Suresh Kangutkar (Female, 63 years)

Nilesh Bhoir (Male, 35 years)

Pukhraj Vallabhadas Vaishnav, (Male, 68 years old)

Rajni R Kadu (Female, 60 years)

Narendra Shinde, (Male, 58 years)

Kumar Kishore Doshi, (Male, 45 years)

Janardan Moreshwar Mahale, (Male, 63 years)

Ramesh T. Upayan, (Male, 55 years)

Praveen Shivlal Gowda, (Male, 65 years old)

Amay Rajesh Raut, Male, (23 years)

Shama Arun Mahale, (Male 48 years)

Suvarna S. Pitley, (Female, 64 years)

Supriya Deshmukh, (Female 43 years)

Two days before this, 24 patients died in a hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra, after the leakage of oxygen from a  storage plant. Due to leakage in the tank during the day, the supply was stopped and they could not get proper amount of oxygen. At least 22 patients died after the oxygen supply was shut down after a leakage from a storage plant at Dr Zakir Hussain Astal, run by the Municipal Corporation in Nashik, Maharashtra. There were a total of 150 patients in the hospital. A seven-member committee has announced an inquiry into the deaths of 24 Covid patients due to oxygen leakage and supply interruption in the hospital. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the committee will be headed by Radhakrishna Gamay, Divisional Commissioner of Nashik. He said that the committee would also make recommendations regarding updating of the existing security norms. The minister said, if anyone is responsible for these deaths, they will have to face legal actions.