2 dead, 7 hurt in stampede after fire at Murshidabad hospital
Berhampore ( WB): Two per- sons died and seven others were injured in a stampede after a fire broke out in Murshidabad Medical College Hospital on Saturday triggering panic among patients and their relatives.
“Two women -- a nursing aide and a relative of a patient died in the stampede following the incident of fire which broke out at 11.50 am at the hospital. Seven others are injured,” director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy said in Kolkata.
Giving details, he said the fire broke out in the AC machine of a vacant VIP cabin at the main medical ward of the hospital. “Everybody tried to run to escape from the fire which resulted in a stampede in which two per- sons died. Patients in the adjacent wards were immediately taken out, including those from the pediatric ward and all of them were relocated to the newly built Mother Child Hub,” he said.
“There is no panic right now and the situation is under con- trol,” he said. State Fire Minister Sovan Chatterjee said the blaze was now “well under control”.
The firemen suspected that a short circuit in the AC machine of the VIP cabin triggered the fire, he said. The state government declared compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of both the victims and free treatment for the seven injured. Those who received minor injuries were released after preliminary treatment, Satpathy said.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is monitoring the situation from Kolkata, while a fourmember high power team from Kolkata has been asked to rush to the spot to assess the situation.