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Vijayawada: At least ten persons were killed on Sunday in a fire that broke out at a hotel turned Covid-19 care centre here, officials said.

Fire tenders rushed to the spot managed to bring the blaze under control.

The fire broke out in the ground and first floors of the building. Inmates of the Covid-19 care centre began screaming and shouting following emanation of thick smoke.

A few panicked persons jumped from the first floor of the building.

City commissioner of police Srinivasa Rao said that the condition of two persons is serious. Around 40 people, including 30 Covid-19 patients, were said to be in the centre when the mishap occurred. The rescued patients have been shifted to other covid care centres nearby.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed anguish at the mishap and ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of patients in a fire incident at a COVID facility in Andhra Pradesh's Vijaywada.

He said he discussed the incident with state chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and assured all possible help.

Seven COVID-19 patients were killed in the incident at a hotel converted into a treatment facility at Vijayawada.

"Anguished by the fire at a Covid centre in Vijayawada. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover as soon as possible," the prime minister tweeted.

"Discussed the prevailing situation with AP CM @ysjagan Ji and assured all possible support," he said.

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief over the tragic incident.

"Struck with grief after hearing tragic news about COVID-19 care centre in Vijayawada where an accidental fire caused loss of lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery for the injured," the president tweeted.

Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed anguish over the incident.

Here Are Some Viral Videos Of The Incident From Social Media

Later in the day, PN Modi announced Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF as ex-gratia for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the fire mishap at the Covid centre. He also announced Rs 50,000 each for people injured in the fire.

(IANS)

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