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Fire at Bhubaneswar hospital: 20 dead, several injured
At least 20 people died and around 50 got injured in a major fire outbreak at a leading health care institute in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening.

As per reports, the fire started at around 7:30 pm on the second floor of SUM Hospital. It is suspected that the fire has started from the dialysis ward of the hospital due to an electrical short circuit, and within minutes it spread to the Intensive Care Unit and the medicine wards.

Arti Ahuja, Health Secretary said, "14 people were declared dead at Capital Hospital and five succumbed to injuries at AMRI Hospital. A total of 106 others were undergoing treatment for injuries."

According to the hospital authorities, more than 500 in-patients were present in the hospital, when the incident took place. Now, all of them have been shifted to other hospitals in the city.

Calling the tragedy 'mind-numbing' and expressing anguish for the loss of lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

Prime Minister spoke to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda and asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. He also ensured all possible help to the injured and the effected.

Nadda immediately responded to the orders by PM Modi and tweeted saying:

I have spoken to Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar to provide all necessary support and help the patients in the best way possible.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited the hospital, and ordered a Revenue Divisional Commissioner level probe into the mishap.

Ten fire tenders were deployed for the rescue operation. The blaze was brought under control later in the night.

Binoy Behera, DGP (Fire Services) said that the cause of fire is being investigated. He said, "Soon after the fire broke out, we shifted patients to a safer place. We also broke open some window panes to prevent suffocation of patients. Our own staffers were engaged in the rescue act.....Out of panic, some people were attempting to jump to rescue themselves. We prevented them from doing so and rescued them."

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