A total of 8 persons, including a baby, died and 147 were rescued after a fire erupted on the fourth floor of the ESIC Kamgar Hospital in Andheri East, Mumbai.
A level-4 fire started on the ground floor and covered the building from all sides by in just a few hours. The fire started at 4:00pm and was put off by 7:35 pm.
Ten fire engines, two quick response vehicles, six jumbo tankers, two breathing apparatus vans, three turntable ladders, a rescue van, and 15 ambulances were dispatched to the hospital site.
A fire brigade official said that the entire building had a glass façade. “So, fire personnel had to use ladders and break glasses to rescue people as the flames quickly spread horizontally and vertically.”
Another official said. “Rubber ducts were found on the ground floor, which were also on fire. We will ascertain if there is any link between these ducts and the cause of the fire. We are investigating what started the fire.”
Deputy Fire Officer MV Ogale said that, the hospital failed a fire safety audit conducted just recently. The fire department had found that the sprinkle and detection system were not up to mark. “Hence, we did not issue a fire no objection certificate (NOC),” said Ogale.