Authorities have ordered an investigation after five coronavirus patients were killed in a fire at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in
Chhattisgarh's Raipur city, police said on Sunday. Raipur Collector Dr. Solai Bharathi Dasan has ordered an investigation into the incident. Officials have been directed to conduct safety checks at all coronavirus hospitals in the city.
The fire broke out at Raipur's Rajdhani hospital on Saturday, police said.
"Five persons died in the incident," a police official said, adding a case of negligence will be registered against the owners of the hospital.
The fire broke due to short-circuit in a fan and spread in other wards, police said.
A supervisor saw smoke coming out of the intensive care unit and informed the hospital authorities, who alerted the police about the incident.
The fire brigade and hospital staff rescued the patients. It took about an hour to extinguish the fire.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed grief over the incident and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.