At least six people, including a baby, were killed after a major fire – categorised as a level 4 blaze – broke out at a government hospital in Marol in Mumbai’s Andheri East area at 4.03 pm on Monday, reports said. The fire has been doused, Deputy Fire Chief Officer VN Panigrahi told Scroll.in.
Rescue personnel saved 147 people, and several patients were shifted to Cooper Hospital in Andheri West, P Thakrey Hospital, Jogeshwari trauma hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital and Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri East, The Indian Express reported.
Three people died at Seven Hills while two succumbed to injuries at Cooper Hospital, according to The Times of India. A firefighter is among those injured and is being treated for injuries to the head and back.
“The cause of the fire is not known yet,” Mumbai Mayor V Mahadeshwar told reporters. “The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation is responsible for fire audits, whether they carried out fire audits or not will be investigated.”
The fire department said the blaze was confined to the third floor of the Employee State Insurance Corporation Kamgar Hospital.
The fire department has sent 10 fire engines, six jumbo tankers, two quick rescue vehicles, three special appliances and one rescue van to the spot, the Hindustan Times reported.