The Prime Minister extended all possible help and assured support to the families of the victims. A statement from the chief minister office said the preliminary inquiry revealed that a private hospital in Vijayawada acquired the hotel on lease to use it as a Covid Care Centre. "My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones", he tweeted. "Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured", he wrote. 40 patients & 10 medical staff were at the hotel at the time of incident.
At least seven people have died after a massive fire broke out at a hotel that was being used as a Covid-19 facility in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state early this morning, police said. The fire is suspected to have started on ground floor and spread to first and second floor, officials said. There were reportedly 30 Covid patients at hotel Swarna Palace at the time of the accident.
The fire comes after eight patients died at a Covid hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday after a fire broke out inside its critical care unit.
The fire had been brought under control, but smoke was still billowing from the building, he said, adding that an electrical short-circuit appeared to be the cause of the fire. The Andhra Pradesh government has ordered an enquiry into the accident.
Sunday's fire accident is the latest in a series of mishaps to strike Andhra Pradesh in the last few months.
At least 22 people had been brought to hospitals, he said.
State Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, who represents Vijayawada West Assembly constituency, visited the spot and supervised rescue operations. "Investigation has been initiated and there will be action against the hotel management", he added.
Now, the fire authorities are a anxious lot as almost 30 personnel and officers took part in the rescue operation by handling the Covid-19 patients physically, they may get infected with the Covid-19. "Prayers for the families of the bereaved and safety of others", he said.