Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil has said he has asked the state Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct an in-depth probe into the fire at a hospital in Virar.
In a tweet, Walse Patil said the fire incident, which claimed the lives of 13 COVID-19 patients, was “extremely unfortunate and painful”.
“The DGP has been directed to conduct an in-depth probe into the incident,” the minister said.
his is a big accident. Those found responsible won’t be spared. The government will provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakhs each to the families of those who lost their lives, Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde on Virar hospital fire incident
Maharashtra | 13 people have died in a fire that broke out at Vijay Vallabh COVID care hospital in Virar, early morning today pic.twitter.com/DoySNt4CSQ
— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2021
Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced a financial assistance of Rs five lakh each to the families of 13 COVID-19 patients, who died in a fire at a hospital in Virar of Palghar district.
A statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said those who suffered serious injuries in the incident will be given Rs one lakh compensation each.
Thirteen coronavirus patients died after the blaze in the intensive care unit (ICU) located on the second floor of the four-storeyed Vijay Vallabh Hospital at Virar in the early hours of Friday. Five women and eight men died in the incident.
There were 90 patients in the hospital, 18 of them in the ICU, when the fire broke out after a blast in the AC unit, an official has said.