A fire at a Covid-19 hospital in Vasai on Friday claimed the lives of at least 13 patients. The fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Vijay Vallabh Hospital, which is treating Covid-19 patients.
The fire started in the air conditioning unit of the hospital’s ICU, where as many as 17 patients were admitted at the time. The incident occurred after 3 am and within 5 minutes, the Vasai Virar Corporation fire brigade reached the spot.
Soon after the fire was doused, the hospital and Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation began the process of shifting the remaining patients to other hospitals. At least 21 patients were moved to nearby hospitals following the fire.
More details awaited.