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    Default Kolkata fire: 50 feared dead after fire engulfs private hospital

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    The death toll in the fire which engulfed a private hospital in Kolkata could rise to 50, according to latest estimates.

    Most of the fatalities are due to suffocation. The devastating fire swept through a seven storied annexe building of a private hospital at Dhakuria here today.

    "Twenty patients are feared to have suffocated to death in the fire at the AMRI Hospital," West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said.

    Some bodies were found in departments that firemen were able to access, he said.

    Initial reports had said that 40 patients were trapped inside the building, but Hakim said he was unable to give the exact figure now as none of the hospital authorities could be contacted. Eyewitness reports are pegging the figure higher, however and reports indicate that the toll might reach 50.

    The fire which was suspected to have originated in the electrical department in the basement of the centrally air-conditioned building swiftly spread, with the third floor and above being affected the most, fire brigade sources said.

    The fire brigade despatched 25 fire engines, which took time to reach the smoke-engulfed building because of narrow approach roads, Hakim said.

    Firemen using ladders smashed window panes in the facade to rescue patients trapped inside the ICU, ICCU, ITU and Critical Care units.

    Fire Services Minister Javed Khan said the fire spread because of stocks of highly combustible material and it was still not under control.

    The hospital also did not have proper fire-fighting equipment, he said.

    Fire brigade sources said that firemen were trying to locate oxygen cylinders stocked on the floors, as the fire could make them explode.
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    Default Death toll rises to 89; 6 hospital owners arrested

    Six persons, including industrialist S K Todi of the AMRI group were arrested and charged with negligence, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and attempt to culpable homicide said a senior police official.

    Besides Todi, others arrested were R S Goenka, Ravi Goenka, Manish Goenka, Prasanta Goenka and Dayananda Agarwal.

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has cancelled the hospital’s licence and issued orders to arrest the owners of the hospital. Meanwhile, the death toll in the fire has risen to 89. The patients of AMRI Hospital suffocated to death when a massive fire broke out in a centrally- airconditioned seven-storey private hospital in the metropolis today.

    Police and hospital sources said 89 people had died in the fire at the private 190-bed AMRI Hospital at Dhakuria in the southern fringes.
    The fire in the annexe building of the hospital was detected at around 3:30 AM by local people who rushed to the gates, but were driven away by the security guards, following which the fire spread swiftly, West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said.

    As smoke billowed out, firemen using ladders with platforms smashed window panes in the facade of the building to rescue patients trapped inside the ICU, ICCU, Intensive Therapy Unit and Critical Care units.
    The firemen evacuated patients with pulleys from the upper floors as they were not in a condition to be taken down by ladders put up by the fire brigade all around the building.
    The fire brigade had difficulty in entering the hospital premises as the approach roads were narrow, he said.
    Additional Director General, Fire Services, D Biswas said that the fire brigade was informed at 4:10 AM and responded immediately.
    Biswas said that patients who died were admitted in the critical care and orthopaedic units and were unable to move.

    He said if proper fire fighting arrangements existed at the hospital, such a fire could not have taken place.
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today directed the cancellation of the licence of AMRI hospital at Dhakuria where 89 patients died in a devastating fire.
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    Default Six AMRI directors sent to 10-day police custody

    Six of the seven arrested directors of the AMRI hospital, where 90 people mainly patients suffocated to death after a fire, were on Saturday remanded to 10- day police custody by a court.

    Chief Judicial Magistrate of the Alipur court, S M Shahnawaz remanded R S Goenka, S K Todi, Prashant Goenka, Manish Goenka, Ravi Todi and Dayanand Agarwal in police custody till December 20.

    Shahnawaz ordered that another AMRI director R S Agarwal, who was admitted to the B M Birla Hospital here after his arrest yesterday, be produced in court at the earliest.

    They have been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and negligence.

    Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee, who appeared as Special Public Prosecutor, accused the hospital management of flouting all safety norms, saying that while the fire broke out around 3:20 am, the police were informed only around 4:10 am.

    Banerjee said that all the fire alarms had been switched off which was a cognizable offence.

    There were also no emergency exits and the fire brigade personnel had a tough time reaching the affected areas and the patients, Banerjee said.

    Amitava Banerjee, who appeared for the accused, told newsmen outside the court that he was not allowed to move the bail plea.

    "It was a one-sided hearing," he alleged.
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    Default 93 people died because 'smokers' turned off AMRI alarms

    According to the reports published in HT, the hospital had several smoke alarms connected to fire-sprinkler devices, but some doctors and hospital staffers, during their night duty on Thursday, turned off the main switch connecting all alarms.

    Going by the investigators, said the fire started in the basement at 1.30am, and not at 3am as previously reported. “But the smoke was detected much later at 3am,” the police said.

    The police also claimed that inflammable substances including some medicines that had arrived at the hospital were stacked outside the basement.
    However, the AMRI Hospital Vice-President S Upadhyay claimed no hazardous material was stored in the basement.

    "The fire department will investigate the matter and we all are awaiting the outcome,” he said adding that the hospital would set up a 5-member inquiry committee soon to inquire into the fire.
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