In another fatal accident in a hospital, three people were killed in the early hours of Wednesday, when a fire broke out at the facility in Mombra on the outskirts of the city.
This is the third such fire in a hospital in Maharashtra in recent days. Last week, 24 patients were killed at Nashik Hospital, and a few days later, 13 patients died of Covid disease in a fire at a hospital in Ferrar, near Mumbai.
Wednesday's fire broke out at Prime Criticare Hospital in Mumbai at around 3.30 am. A Covid spokesperson said there are no Covid patients there. About a dozen patients, including six in the intensive care unit, were evacuated from the hospital, even as the fires were put out and the flames extinguished within a few hours.
Maharashtra State Minister Jitendra Ohad, who is the local lawmaker, told reporters that three people were killed in the fire that destroyed the first floor of the building.
Prime Minister Odhav Thackeray said a high-level panel would investigate the fire. He also announced compensation of 500,000 rupees for the family of the deceased and 100,000 rupees for those injured in the accident.