Home / News / India /  Maharashtra: 10 babies killed in fire at Bhandara hospital, 5 lakh ex-gratia for kin of dead

Ten newborn babies died after a massive fire broke out in the Special Newborn Care Unit of a hospital in Maharashtra in the wee hours on Saturday.

All the infants killed were between a month and three months old, a doctor told news agency PTI.

A fire broke out at around 2 am at the Sick Newborn Care Unit of the hospital. There were 17 babies in the unit and seven were rescued, as per reports.

Seven other kids who were admitted to the unit were however rescued.

Another doctor said a nurse first noticed smoke coming out from the neonatal section of the hospital and alerted doctors and other staff who reached there in five minutes.

Fire brigade personnel rescued seven babies from the 'inbound ward' of the unit but could not save the 10 other babies, the report added.

"Ten children died in a fire that broke out at Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of Bhandara District General Hospital at 2 am today. Seven children were rescued from the unit," Civil Surgeon Dr Pramod Khandate was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The cause of the fire in the four-storeyed building is not known but could have been the result of an electrical short circuit.

Key updates

  • Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has assured that the tragedy in Bhandara will be "fully investigated". Taking to Twitter, Rajesh Tope said, "The death of newborns in a fire at the child care unit of the district hospital in Bhandara is very sad and distressing. We share the grief of this family. This incident will be fully investigated. The chief minister has also spoken to the Bhandara Collector and the Superintendent of Police and they have been directed to investigate."
  • Meanwhile, CM of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Tope as well as District Collector and Superintendent of Police of Bhandara district over the fire tragedy. The chief minister has also ordered a probe into the matter.
  • The Government of Maharashtra has announced an ex-gratia of 5 lakh each to the families of the 10 newborns killed in the fire at Bhandara District General Hospital, the Maharashtra health minister said.

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