Mumbai ESIC hospital fire in Andheri claims 11th victim

Two persons held on charges of causing death by negligence are in custody

Updated - December 21, 2018 01:27 am IST

Published - December 20, 2018 12:24 pm IST - Mumbai

Deserted: Empty beds and scattered bed linen are seen in a ward at ESIC Hospital on Tuesday.

Deserted: Empty beds and scattered bed linen are seen in a ward at ESIC Hospital on Tuesday.

The ESIC Hospital fire in Andheri claimed its eleventh victim on Thursday.

A baby girl, born prematurely on December 14 and on ventilator support, succumbed at Holy Spirit Hospital. She weighed 600g at birth. Her twin brother is currently stable.

Earlier in the day, 65-year-old Dattu Narwade, a pneumonia patient whose condition worsened following smoke inhalation, died of acute respiratory failure at the Holy Spirit Hospital.

“He was on oxygen in ESIC as well,” said Sister Sneha Joseph, executive director of Holy Spirit hospital. “He went into bronchospasm on Tuesday and was shifted to the ICU,” she added. Mr. Narwade was the sole breadwinner of the family and had lost his eldest son 14 years ago.

Judicial custody

Meanwhile, two persons arrested on Wednesday on charges of causing death by negligence were remanded to judicial custody. Site supervisor Nilesh Mehta and his assistant Nitin Kamble, were produced before the Magistrate Court at Andheri and were sent to judicial custody until January 3.

The police have registered an FIR against four persons including two welders, who have been missing since the day of the fire. Police investigations have revealed that the fire was caused due to sparks from welding operations coming into contact with a stack of rubber mats.

“Two welders working on the project, who are currently wanted in the case, were doing some welding work as part of installation of air conditioning ducts in the new building,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) Navinchandra Reddy said. “While they were working at the first floor level, sparks from the welding work kept falling on a large stack of rubber mats on the ground floor, which caused the fire.” Mr. Reddy added that the stack had about 30 to 40 mats, which caught fire and gave rise to dense smoke which spread to the neighbouring old building, leading to panic and chaos.

Ten patients, including a 600 gram, pre-term baby girl, are critical and continue to be on ventilator support in the wake of Monday’s fire. The total number of persons injured is 175.

Nearly 375 people, including patients and visitors, were in the five-floor hospital when the fire broke out, an official had earlier said

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