Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: A fire broke out in a dedicated COVID hospital in Cuttack on Monday. As per preliminary reports, the fire was reported at Sadguru COVID hospital located at Jagatpur area in the outskirts of the city.

Though the exact cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, fire tenders reached the spot and doused the flames after a long exercise.

As per reports, the fire was reported at the ground floor of the hospital. Sources said that the total capacity of the hospital including ICU is 152. However, 127 COVID-19 positive patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Following the incident, senior administrative officials including Cuttack district Collector, Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Commissioner and Cuttack DCP reached the spot and supervised the entire operation of shifting of patients to other COVID hospitals.

Chief Fire Officer, Sukant Sethi informed that all the patients were safely evacuated following the fire mishap.

"We will conduct a probe regarding what triggered the fire will be conducted and what fire safety measures were available at the hospital will also be reviewed," Sethi added.

Earlier, panic gripped the attendants of the COVID-19 patients who immediate rushed to the spot after getting information about the fire mishap.

Special provisions were made to shift the critical as well as other COVID-19 patients to other hospitals in ambulances.

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