BHOPAL: At least eight people were killed in a massive fire at a private hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur. The fire occurred at New Life Multi-speciality Hospital near Damoh Naka area of Jabalpur in the Monday afternoon. Five patients and three hospital staff were killed in the fire. More than a dozen people are also injured, police said.
Jabalpur Superintendent of Police has confirmed the death of four patients, while it is being told that the death toll could be higher. By evening the death toll had reached 8.
Police said that the fire appears to have been caused due to a short circuit.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a compensation of ₹ 5 lakhs each for the families of those killed in the fire.
दु:ख की इस घड़ी में शोकाकुल परिवार स्वयं को अकेला न समझें,मैं और संपूर्ण मध्यप्रदेश परिवार के साथ है।
राज्य सरकार की ओर से मृतकों के परिजनों को 5-5 लाख रुपये और गंभीर रूप से घायलों को 50-50 हजार रुपये की सहायता प्रदान की जायेगी।घायलों के संपूर्ण इलाज का व्यय भी सरकार वहन करेगी।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 1, 2022
According to sources, 9 people have been evacuated, who have suffered severe burns. While eyewitnesses have seen many dead bodies in a burnt state.
It is being told that 150 people including hospital staff, patients and their relatives were present during the fire in the hospital.
As soon as the fire broke out, a stampede broke out in the hospital. Seven fire tenders of the Municipal Corporation have been called to control the fire.