Mumbai: two dead as a fire breaks out in the Hansa building in Kandivali; fire-fighting operations in progress


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Bombay: At least two people have been killed and one injured after a fire broke out in the Hansa Heritage building in Kandivali in Mumbai on Saturday. Up to seven fire engines are currently on site for firefighting operations, officials said.

“With the death of a woman, the death toll in the fire at the Hansa Heritage building at Kandivali in Mumbai rises to two,” Mumbai police said.

It comes hours after at least 11 elderly COVID-positive patients, including four women, admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Ahmednagar District Civil Hospital in Maharashtra died in a fire today. yesterday morning.

Mayor Kishori Pednekar is also present on site. No injuries have yet been reported.

The fire broke out at 11 a.m. on the ground floor of the hospital where 17 patients were admitted, at least 15 of whom were on ventilators or on oxygen assistance. While 10 patients died in the blaze, one seriously injured person died after being rescued.

The cause of the fire, now extinguished, is not yet known. As a preliminary information, the incident occurred due to a short circuit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sorrow at the loss of life and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

“Anguished by the loss of human life due to a fire in a hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Let the injured recover as soon as possible, ”he wrote on Twitter.

Union Home Secretary Amit Shah expressed anguish over the incident and said his thoughts were with the families of the bereaved.

“Deeply distressed by the heartbreaking accident which took place at the civilian hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. At this hour of mourning, my thoughts are with the bereaved families and I pray to God for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said he declared. in a tweet in Hindi.


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