AP: 7 killed in fire at COVID-19 care centre in Vijayawada

Last Updated: Sunday, 9 August 2020 (10:53 IST)
Vijayawada: Seven Coronavirus patients were killed and three others seriously injured when a fire broke out in a that located in Swarna Palace hotel located in Eluru road in the heart of the city on Sunday.
District Collector Md Imtiaz told the media seven Coronavirus patients were killed. Some other patients who were recused were shifted a private hospital where there were undergoing treatment and the condition of three of the said to be very critical.
 
Official sources said that a corporate hospital took the hotel on hire basis and set up COVID-19 Care Centre in the hotel. About 30 Coronavirus patients were undergoing treatment in the hotel while 10 hospital staffers were working at the time of the mishap.
 
Commissioner of police B Srinivasulu told media electrical short circuit was suspected to be the reach for the fire accident. He said that two panic-stricken persons jumped from the first floor. However, they escaped with injuries. The CP said that an electrical short circuit was the reason for flames erupting in the hotel. The flames were put out within 25 minutes, he said.
 
Official sources said that flames erupted in the first floor of the hotel and spread to the ground floor also. Thick smoke engulfed the two blocks within minutes. Since the hotel has only one exit the patients could not escape from their rooms. The NDRP and fire prevention personal used a ladder rescue the patients. Five fire tenders pressed into service to put out flames.
 
Suffocation due to thick smoke was suspected to be the reason for the death of patients, official sources. Minister for Endowment Vellampalliu Srinivas visited the hotel and enquired about the condition of patients with the officials.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia to the bereaved families.
 
A statement from the Chief Minister’s office said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned the Chief Minister. (UNI)