New Delhi: At least seven people were killed after a massive fire broke out at a hotel, which was being used as a COVID-19 facility, in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh. The fire broke out at around 5 AM in the ground and first floors of the building. Around 40 people, including 30 corona patients, were said to be in the centre when the mishap occurred. Also Read - AP EAMCET Result 2020: Scores to be Declared Soon; Where and How to Check
“Seven people have lost their lives and 30 have been rescued so far”, news agency ANI quoted Vijaywada police as saying. Also Read - Just Like China's Wuhan, India Too Has Many Wet Markets Which Could Trigger the Next Pandemic!
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed anguish at the mishap and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
“The incident took place around 5 am. Around 22 patients are being treated in hospital. We are evacuating the entire building. The reason of fire appears to be a short circuit, as per the preliminary report, but we will have to ascertain”, said Krishna DC Mohammad Imtiaz.
PM Narendra Modi also spoke to CM Reddy and assured him all the possible support. “Anguished by the fire at a Covid Centre in Vijayawada. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover as soon as possible. Discussed the prevailing situation with AP CM and assured all possible support”, tweeted PM.