Indian officials said Friday that 10 people have died after a fire in a shopping mall reached a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Mumbai, the country’s financial capital.
A regional spokesman said the fire broke out after midnight Thursday / Friday inside a shopping complex in the Bhandup district of Mumbai.
Udhav Takrai, Chief Minister of Maharashtra state, stated that 68 patients had been evacuated from the “Sunrise Hospital”, which is located on the upper floors of the mall, and were transferred to other hospitals.
He added that it appears that some of the missing persons have returned to the house, and that they are being traced.
About 78 people were in the hospital on Thursday, according to records.
The search and rescue operation for the fire brigade continues. An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the accident.
It is noteworthy that deaths resulting from fires are common in India, and are often due to insufficient safety measures, and the lack of escape exits in the event of a fire. Often the fires are caused by electrical equipment that is outdated or does not meet standards for safe operation.
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