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A fire broke out on the sixth floor of an under construction hospital in Egra, West Bengal on Monday. However, no casualties have been reported so far. The is the fourth major fire incident at a hospital building that has been reported this month.
Earlier, a fire at the Sun Hospital in Odisha, on the 17th of October, claimed the life of 26 people and over 100 persons were injured by toxic fumes from a blaze that swept through the hospital corridors and wards asphyxiating them.
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In the same week, on the 23rd of October, another fire was reported at the at the children’s ward of the multi-storeyed Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital at Dilshad Garden New Delhi, on the 23rd of October. However, the police did not report any casualties related to the incident.
The following week, on the 26th of October, a fire broke out at the Asian Heart institute at BK road in Mumbai, which fortunately did not result in any casualties.
The news of the fire breaking out at the under construction hospital in West Bengal comes at a time, when a fire safety audit in Delhi revealed that almost 60 per cent of government hospitals in Delhi do not have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Delhi Fire Services (DFS).
In the latest incident, although the fire had been doused by a brigade engine, the series of incidents have raised serious concerns about safety measures applied in hospital across the country.