BHUBANESWAR: Nearly 19 people died and around 50 wounded as a major fire broke out at a Sum Hospital of Bhubaneswar on Monday.
The incident occurred at around 7:30 pm in the dialysis ward on the second floor of the hospital.
The fire broke out due to the electrical short circuit in the ward. The fire lasted till two or three hours. The injured patients have been taken to the reputed hospital of Bhubaneswar.
At the time of incident there were around seven critical patients with ventilators in the dialysis ward while 11 patients were present in nearby ICU.
The helpline numbers for Amri hospital is 06746666600, Extension 7082,7030.
"A number of patients were present in the ward when the fire broke out," a police officer said.
"The cause of the fire is being investigated," DGP (fire services) Binoy Behera said.
"Soon after the fire broke out, we shifted patients to a safer place. We also broke open some window panes to prevent suffocation of patients. Our own staffers were engaged in the rescue act," hospital deputy superintendent Basant Pati said.
"Out of panic, some people were attempting to jump to rescue themselves. We prevented them from doing so and rescued them," a police officer said.
Later, the fire was brought under control in the night.
On Tuesday, Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik visited Sum Hospital to look after the incident.
The manager of the hospital have been suspended.