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Four newborn babies killed in hospital fire, 36 others rescued

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Four newborn babies killed in hospital fire, 36 others rescued

Four newborn babies have died after a fire broke out at a children’s hospital in India, officials said.

 

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The blaze swept through the neonatal unit at the Kamla Nehru Children’s Hospital in Bhopal, which is in the Madhya Pradesh state in central India.

 

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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has ordered an investigation after the incident on Monday night, November 8. He announced a compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,400) for the family of the victims.

 

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Four newborn babies killed in hospital fire, 36 others rescued

 

“The untimely departure [death] of children from the world is an unbearable pain,” Chauhan said on Twitter, offering his condolences to the families affected.

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At least 40 children were in the unit, out of which 36 were rescued, medical education minister Vishwas Sarang said.

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He said he arrived at the hospital within 10 minutes after the incident.

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While an inquiry is still ongoing, authorities told the Press Trust of India that a short circuit may have caused the fire.

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Hospital fires have killed at least 70 people in India this year, including 11 last weekend in the COVID-19 care unit of a hospital in Maharashtra, a state neighboring Madhya Pradesh.

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