It is the latest in a series of similar incidents in public hospitals.

A massive fire at a COVID-19 hospital in Bharuch killed 16 people, including two hospital staff, early Saturday.

The fire occurred at the Welfare Hospital, a four-story building, and was brought under control within an hour. The cause remains to be determined.

“16 people died in the incident,” said Bharuch district collector MD Modia. The Hindu.

Those who died include 14 patients and two staff who cared for them.

Patients died of burns and asphyxiation when the building was engulfed in the fire.

About 50 COVID-19 patients in hospital treatment were rescued and transferred to other hospitals. According to sources, around 70 patients with COVID-19 were in the hospital.

“Gujarat CM announces compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each to victims of the fire at Bharuch hospital,” the office of the chief minister said. The statement added that two senior IAS officials have been tasked with investigating the incident.

“Additional Chief Secretary Vipul Mitra and another senior IAS official Raj Kumar Beniwal have been invited to investigate. The government is also considering ordering a judicial investigation into the incident.”

It is the latest in a series of horrific fire tragedies in Gujarat hospitals. This week, five COVID-19 patients died when a Surat hospital caught fire in an intensive care unit.

Last year, in two tragic fires in COVID-19 hospitals, eight patients died in Ahmedabad and six in Rajkot.

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