Mumbai: The fire which broke out at ESIC Kamgar Hospital in Mumbai‘s Andheri on Wednesday has been doused. No casualties have been reported.Also Read - Ganesh Visarjan 2021: 500 Home Guards, 275 Constables Deployed in Mumbai; BMC Issues Guidelines
This is not the first time that fire broke out in the ESIC Andheri hospital premises. Two days back, fire at the same hospital left at least eight dead including a two-month-old baby. A total of 176 persons, including three firemen, were being treated in city hospitals as per a report from the Disaster Management Unit of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Also Read - BMC's Latest Sero-Survey Report Finds Over 86% of Mumbai's Population Have COVID-19 Antibodies
According to reports, the fire was caused by a suspected short-circuit and was first noticed on the upper floors of the five-storied building with a glass facade in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area — the industrial hub in the north-western suburb — around 4.15 PM on December 17. Also Read - Ganapati Bappa In IPS Avatar: Mumbai Police Portrays Lord Ganesha As Police Officer, Call Him 'India's Premier Security'
At least 12 fire tenders, 15 water tankers, and other specialised equipment were rushed to battle the blaze and those trapped were taken out via ladders from the third and fourth floors as the flames spread horizontally and vertically.
The following day after the massive fire at the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, the hospital staff began their protest on December 18. The staff complained against the inadequate facilities in the hospital.
A leading portal quoted an official as saying that the hospital had failed to clear the fire safety test. Now, the hospital’s fire safety audit would be re-examined, claimed the report.