A major fire broke out at IMSSUM hospital, a leading private healthcare institute Bhubaneshwar, on Monday. More than 20 persons were killed in the fire, reports said.
According to sources, the fire broke out at around 7:30 PM in the dialysis ward in the second floor of the hospital. More than 30 patients were present in the ward when the fire engulfed it, police sources said.
"We engaged adequate fire tenders and rescue teams. Cause of the fire mishap is being investigated," DGP (fire services) Binoy Behera said.
According to hospital sources, an electric short circuit in the ward was the cause of the fire.
"Soon after the fire mishap, we shifted all patients to safer places. We also broke open some windows to prevent suffocation of patients. Our own staffers were engaged to rescue the patients," said hospital's deputy superintendent Basant Pati.