2 dead, 7 hurt in stam­pede af­ter fire at Mur­shid­abad hos­pi­tal

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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.

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