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Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Dahisar jumbo Covid centre, no injuries reported | Mumbai News – Times of India

Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Dahisar jumbo Covid centre, no injuries reported | Mumbai News - Times of India

MUMBAI: A major tragedy was averted as 50 patients were moved out on time after a fire broke out at Dahisar’s jumbo Covid centre on Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported but officials said that at least 50 patients were undergoing treatment at hangar F of the centre which caught fire.
The fire was doused by firefighters and security staff using fire extinguishers that were installed at the centre.
According to officials, the fire broke out at 12pm on Sunday afternoon and was likely caused by a short circuit in the electrical wiring. Fire brigade officials said after hangar F, the fire spread to hangar G, where another 49 patients were admitted.

“The fire was first reported by the ward boys on duty at the hangars. The fire was initially doused with the help of firefighter Laxman Landge and Ravindra Mato, a private security guard in 30 mins. The patients were rushed from these hangars to hangar C and the electric supply was also cut off. Patients’ lives were saved in the nick of time,” a fire official said.
Sunday’s fire at the Dahisar jumbo Covid center is the third major fire at a Covid centre in the city in the last six months. Last month, a major fire broke out in Bhandup’s Sunrise Mall and spread to Sunrise Hospital located on the third floor. Over 70 patients were rescued and 11 bodies found. The fire was extinguished after 40 hours.
The fire at Sunrise Hospital housed in Bhandup’s Dreams Mall was the second fire at a Covid-19 hospital in the Bhandup-Mulund belt in six months. In October last year, 2 patients had died while shifting after a fire broke out at Mulund’s Apex Hospital due to a short circuit in the generator at the hospital.
After the blaze, the BMC had set up a four-member committee to probe the incident and the subsequent shifting of Covid-19 patients to another hospital. After the blaze in Apex Hospital, 40 patients were shifted to different hospitals nearby, during which, one critical patient died on the way, while another patient who was shifted to Fortis Hospital died the next day.

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