At Least 19 Killed, 109 Injured In Major Fire At SUM Hospital In Odisha

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8:32 am 18 Oct, 2016

At least 19 patients were killed and around 109 injured in a major fire that broke out at Sum Hospital, a leading private healthcare institute, in Bhubaneswar on October 16 evening.

The fire reportedly erupted at 7.30pm in the dialysis ward on the second floor of the hospital. The entire floor was engulfed in fire within minutes.



While seven critical patients with ventilators were admitted in the dialysis ward, 11 patients were present in nearby ICU.

The fire caused panic among the patients and the hospital staff. An attempt to escape out from the hospital led to many injuries with some patients suffering injuries due to suffocation.

Many complained of difficulty in breathing and had been shifted to other hospitals in the city.

The police said that some of the frightened patients tried to jump from the second floor.

Ten fire tenders were deployed to bring the blaze under control. Reports suggest that the fire was largely controlled at 10:40 pm. Nearly 500 people were trapped inside the hospital as they were not in a condition to move out by themselves.

Eyewitnesses claim that most of the patients were saved by breaking the window panes and rescuing them out from the wards. Police teams, along with commissionerate also arrived on the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended sympathies to the families of the deceased. He has instructed Union Health Minister J P Nadda to facilitate the transfer of all those injured to AIIMS.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, hailing from Odisha, has been instructed by the Prime Minister to keep a close tab on the incident. Pradhan is taking stock of the situation from the commissionerate.

BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy pointed out that there were no automatic fire-fighting equipments in the hospital. He further added that some patients died due to burn injuries, while others succumbed due to asphyxiation.

He said No lessons have been learnt from AMRI incident in Kolkata in 2011 when 89 people lost their lives.

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