18 covid patients dead in a fire in Gujarat’s Bharuch

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The Coronavirus assigned clinic built on the Bharuch-Jambusar interstate, around 190 km from the state capital Ahmedabad is being controlled by a trust, had a massive fire causality which led to the death of 18 COVID patients. 

The fire broke out at a clinic in Gujarat's Bharuch in the early hours on Saturday. Disturbing visuals of the mishap showed stays of certain patients burnt alive on cots and beds.

There were around 50 other patients at the four-storeyed Welfare Hospital when the fire broke out in the Covid-19 ward at 1 am. They were rescued by locals and firefighters, an official said.

"As per information at 6.30 am, the death toll in the tragedy stood at 18. Immediately after the fire, we had confirmation of 12 deaths," a police official.

The 12 patients in the Covid-19 ward died due to the fire and resultant smoke, Bharuch SP Rajendrasinh Chudasama said.

It is not clear if the remaining six also died in the Welfare hospital or were being shifted to other hospitals.

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