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8 Charred to Death in Jabalpur Hospital Fire; President Murmu, PM Modi Express Condolences

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Last Updated: August 01, 2022, 22:51 IST

Jabalpur, India

Two people injured in the incident have been shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. (Photo: News18)

Two people injured in the incident have been shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. (Photo: News18)

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each for the next of kin who lost their lives in the fire tragedy

At least eight people including four patients, were killed after a massive fire broke out at a private hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur city on Monday.  Five people injured in the incident have been shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Jabalpur Collector Dr Ilayaraja T said four patients, a caregiver and three staffers of the facility, housed in a ground plus three-storey building, died in the fire which has been put out, news agency PTI reported.

Of the five injured, he said, two were in critical condition and admitted to the ICU of the government medical college in Jabalpur. He said evacuation of patients and other people from the 30-bed hospital was over and no one was trapped in the building. The Collector said there were 20 to 25 people in the hospital when the blaze started.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each for the next of kin who lost their lives in the fire tragedy.

“This is a very unfortunate incident, I am constantly in touch with the officials. The fire has been brought under control. The injured people have been sent to hospitals for treatment. Instructions have been given to carry out an investigation for the same,” he said. 
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President Droupadi Murmu said she was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of lives in the fire tragedy and wished speedy recovery to the injured.
“Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of lives due to fire in a hospital in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the President tweeted in Hindi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences over the tragedy.

“Anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire at a hospital in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Condolences to the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all assistance to those affected,” PMO tweeted quoting PM Modi. 

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The fire erupted at New Life Multi-speciality Hospital near Damoh Naka under the Gohalpur police station area of Jabalpur around 2.30 pm, Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddharth Bahuguna said, according to news agency PTI.

Prima facie, it appears a short circuit caused the blaze, he said.

Chief Superintendent of Police Jabalpur Akhilesh Gaur said that all the people trapped inside the hospital have been rescued.

“Our teams immediately arrived at the site of the fire. We have completed the search operation and no one is trapped inside. The first floor has been damaged completely,” said Sanjiv Kumar Gupta, an NDRF official. 

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first published:August 01, 2022, 16:40 IST
last updated:August 01, 2022, 22:51 IST