Mumbai: At least 13 COVID patients were charred to death after a fire broke out at Vijay Vallabh Covid Care hospital in Virar West on Friday morning.  The fire broke out inside the ICU ward of the hospital, where 17  patients were admitted. A short circuit is believed to have caused the fire at 3:15 AM today.Also Read - 24 Patients in Nashik Hospital Die After Tanker Leak Cuts Off Oxygen Supply

The Fire Brigade rushed there with three fire tenders and managed to control the conflagration after two hours. The situation is said to be under control now. “13 people have died after a fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) around 3am today. 21 patients including those in critical condition have been shifted to another hospital”, said Dr. Dilip Shah, official, Vijay Vallabh COVID care hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered an inquiry.

Leaders Express Grief

“The fire at a COVID-19 hospital in Virar is tragic. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon”, tweeted PM Narendra Modi.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief over the incident. He said,”Saddened by the loss of lives due to tragic fire at a Hospital in Palghar, Maharashtra. My condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

The incident comes a day after 24 people lost their lives due to low oxygen supply after an oxygen tanker leaked outside Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra.

According to Nashik district collector Suraj Mandhare, the supply was interrupted after leakage in one of the storage tankers at the hospital.

The incident caused the oxygen supply to be disrupted for 30 minutes. According to an NDTV report, all those who died in the incident were on ventilators and required constant supply of oxygen.

The tragic incidents came at a time when India is witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Earlier on Thursday, the number of daily coronavirus cases in India hit a record high after the country reported over 3.14 lakh new infections, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,59,30,965. The death toll increased to 1,84,657 with a record 2,104 new fatalities yesterday.