At least five people, including two doctors, were killed in a fire in a nursing home in Jharkhand's Dhanbad on Saturday, an official said.
The deceased include the medical establishment's owner Dr Vikas Hazra, his wife Dr Prema Hazra, the owner's nephew Sohan Khamari and domestic help Tara Devi. The pet dog of the doctor couple also died in the incident.
A fire broke out in the storeroom of the nursing home-cum-private house in Bank More area of Dhanbad, 170 km from Ranchi, around 2 am, he said.
Six fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire, which was brought under control in a one-and-a-half-hour-long operation.
Dhanbad Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Prem Kumar Tiwary told PTI, "At least five people, including the owner and his wife, died due to suffocation following a fire in the store room. One person is also injured. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and further investigation is underway."
Four deceased have been identified, while the fifth person is yet to be identified, he added.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren condoled the death of the doctor couple and others in the incident.
"May God grant peace to the departed souls and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear this difficult hour of grief," he tweeted.
धनबाद स्थित हाजरा मेमोरियल अस्पताल में देर रात लगी आग से प्रसिद्ध डॉक्टर दंपती डॉ विकास और डॉ प्रेमा हाजरा समेत कुल 6 लोगों की मृत्यु की खबर से मन व्यथित है।— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) January 28, 2023
परमात्मा दिवंगत आत्माओं को शांति प्रदान कर शोकाकुल परिवारजनों को दुःख की यह विकट घड़ी सहन करने की शक्ति दे।
Health Minister Banna Gupta also expressed his grief over the incident.
The minister directed the Dhanbad deputy commissioner to take necessary action over the incident.
He also asked him to ensure arrangements for better treatment of the injured.