Seven held for Kolkata hospital fire
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The fire spread swiftly and the poisonous smoke was sucked canada goose coats uk by air conditioning ducts that carried it through the rooms of and the corridors of the seven storeyed hospital located in a densely populated area.
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Six members of the hospital board, including leading industrialist S K Modi, were arrested on charges of culpable homicide and negligence, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the hospital, told reporters.
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“AMRI had given an undertaking, but did not keep it,” she said.
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The fire ravaged hospital presented a ghastly sight as bodies lay strewn on the floor of an operation theatre on the second floor of the main building while anxious relatives milled around hoping desperately that their near and dear ones were not among them.
Most of the deaths were caused by suffocation, Fire Service and Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan told reporters. Kolkata Police Commissioner R K Pachananda said 89 people 85 patients and four hospital staff died in the incident. All but four bodies have been identified and handed over to their relatives.
There was no clarity on what triggered the fire but the combustive material in the basement lead to the spread of the flames.
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The nearest Lake goose outlet canada police station was first informed at 4:10 am with the fire brigade arriving at the AMRI Hospital at Dhakuria within ten minutes, Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said.
“Smoke was carried through AC ducts”, he said.
As smoke billowed out, firemen using snorkel ladders with platforms smashed windowpanes in the facade of the building to rescue patients trapped inside the ICU, ICCU, Intensive Therapy Unit and Critical Care units.
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Banerjee, who visited the hospital, ordered a probe. She also directed cancellation of licence of the hospital. “As per my announcement that offenders will be apprehended, six persons, including S K Todi, have been arrested,” she said.
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The six have been charged with negligence, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and attempt to culpable homicide, a senior police official said. They will be produced in court on Saturday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sanctioned ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured in the accident from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and West Bengal government announced Rs 3 lakh for next of kin of the deceased. AMRI Hospital announced a compensation of Rs five lakh for next of kin of the dead.
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