Major fire breaks out at ESIC Kamgar Hospital in Andheri: 2 dead, dozens injured
At least two people died, and over two dozen were injured, in a fire that broke out a hospital in Mumbai’s Andheri area on Monday evening.
The fire brigade got a call around 4 pm about the blaze at the government-run Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Kamgar Hospital located at MIDC Marol in suburban Andheri, the official from the city civic body’s disaster management cell said.
The fire, which broke out on the fourth floor of ESIC Hospital, was escalated to Level IV at 4:54 pm.
A total of seven fire engines, five jumbo tankers, two quick rescue vehicles, and three special appliances were pressed into service to douse the flames and evacuate the patients.
About 47 people have been rescued so far. However, many more still trapped. “Some people are feared trapped…rescue operation is going on,” the official said.
Some people, who were trapped on the floors above, were injured after they jumped from the building to escape from fire – the smoke from which enfuled the entire five-storey hospital.
Around 28 patients have been shifted to the nearby Cooper hospital (10), Trauma Care hospital (3) and Seven Hills hospital (15). Details on their present condition, along with the identities of the deceased, are awaited.
The entire area has been cordoned off and traffic movement has been restricted as rescue operation continues. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained as of publishing this report.
Further details are awaited.