At least two people were killed and several other were injured after a fire broke out at Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal‘s Behrampur city on Saturday. Fire broke out on the third floor of the building near children’s ward and some infants are reported missing. “There were two casualties; both women,” said Subhasish Saha, chief medical officer health, Murshidabad.
Soon after the fire broke out, patients were seen coming out of the hospital while some infants were taken out of the hospital ward. Panic prevailed in the hospital as people ran helter-skelter leading to a near stampede. The patients have had to break windows to escape from hospital where fire is still raging.
The fire originated from an AC system, according to Suhrita Pal, medical supervisor and vice principal of the hospital. “We have fire prevention and fighting equipment in the hospital. We have to find out how it happened,” quoted Hindustan Times.
However, West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services minister Sovan Chatterjee said the fire was under control. “Fire has been brought under control. There is no need to panic. We are closely monitoring the situation,” informed state health secretary RS Shukla.