Nine dead after blaze at makeshift COVID-19 facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada; CM orders probe

This incident comes just days after eight patients being treated at a designated COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad died in a blaze.

At least ten are dead and several others feared trapped after a fire broke out at a private hotel that was being used as a makeshift COVID-19 facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada district on Sunday morning.

This incident comes just days after eight patients being treated at a designated COVID-19 hospital in Ahmedabad died in a blaze.

Rescue operations are on at the Hotel Swarna Palace, where a short circuit in an air-conditioner on the ground floor was the likely reason behind the fire, police officials told Indian Express.

After receiving a call at 5.15 am, fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) too joined rescue operations, as per the newspaper.

Even as flames spread to the third and fifth floors, which were housing the patients, at least seven people were seen jumping from the terrace to escape the fire. Two others died from asphyxiation.

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