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8 Dead, 146 Injured In Fire At Mumbai’s ESIC Kamgar Hospital

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| December 18 , 2018 , 15:50 IST

A major fire broke out in Mumbai’s state government-run Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital at Andheri East, on Monday.

At least eight people, including a 6-month-old baby, died. 157 people were injured, a few of which are very critical.

Over 150 staffers and patients had been rescued till now. Six were killed on Monday, and two died this morning.

Four of the eight deceased are yet to be identified. Firefighting operations went on for three hours at the hospital. Over 300 people were inside the hospital at the time of the incident.

The patients have been shifted to various hospitals including Cooper, Holy Spirit Hospital, P Thackeray Trauma Hospital, Hiranandani, Siddharth and Seven Hills hospital.

Public health minister Deepak Sawant met patients at Holy Spirit Hospital. Sawant said that the families of the deceased and injured will be given compensation.

Hospital had neither a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department nor an occupation certificate (OC) from the municipality, though it had been in operation since 1973.

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The fire was extinguished at 7.35 pm, and hospital authorities shut down the facility till further notice. According to the report, there was only one exit and the other was blocked due to some construction work.

Moreover, the glass facade and limited ventilation posed challenges to the firefighting team. Fire brigade personnel had to break the glasses of the building's facade to evacuate stranded patients.

While the exact cause of the blaze was being ascertained, the preliminary report said that building material, kept at the ground floor of the hospital for renovation work caught fire.