Other patients at the hospital were rescued by residents and firefighters.
At least 16 coronavirus patients have died after a fire broke out at a hospital in Bharuch, Gujarat in the early hours of May 1.
Heartbreaking footage of the tragedy has shown charred remains of some patients on stretchers and beds.
“A massive fire at a Covid-19 hospital in Bharuch killed 16 patients on treatment,” said the Bharuch district collector.
There were around 50 other patients at the four-story social hospital when the fire broke out in the COVID-19 ward at 1 a.m. They were rescued by locals and firefighters, an official said.
“According to reports at 6.30 am, the death toll in the tragedy stood at 18. Immediately after the fire, we had confirmation of 12 deaths,” said a police official. PTI.
The 12 patients of the COVID-19 department have died from the fire and the resulting smoke, said Bharuch SP Rajendrasinh Chudasama.
It is not known whether the other six also died at the welfare hospital or during their transfer to other hospitals.
The COVID-19 designated hospital is located on the Bharuch-Jambusar highway, about 190 km from the state capital, Ahmedabad, and is managed by a trust.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, the official said.
The blaze was brought under control within an hour and around 50 patients were rescued by residents as well as firefighters, a fire official said. They were transferred to nearby hospitals, he added.