MUMBAI: Around 40 patients and staffers were evacuated from the Surana Sethia Hospital in Chembur as smoke suddenly filled up several floors, including the ICU, on Sunday evening. Five fire engines were rushed to the spot even as the hospital management claimed that there was no “fire in the premise”.
The smoke started emanating from the air-conditioning unit of the ICU on the fifth floor at around 6.45 pm and quickly spread to other floors of the seven-storey structure, the hospital authority said. Four of the six patients from the ICU were evacuated through the terrace of the hospital, while the rest were rescued through the stairs. The hospital also claimed that none of the patients were on ventilator at the time of the incident.
“There was a short circuit in the AC unit of the hospital. As soon as we saw the smoke, we shifted the patients to nearby hospitals. Nobody has sustained any injuries,” said Dr Prince Surana, director of the hospital. The hospital apparently made use of elevators, usually prohibited during fire, to rescue patients for speedy evacuation.
Around seven patients were shifted to the nearby Joy Hospital of which six got admitted. A staffer from Joy Hospital informed that three patients were critical and had to be admitted to the ICU. They however clarified that nobody had any burn injuries and were admitted for their pre-existing ailments.
At least four patients were taken to the Sushrut Hospital in Chembur, where a doctor said all were stable. The remaining patients were taken to the BMC-run Sion and a few other private hospitals and nursing homes in the vicinity. Surana said that the hospital has all fire safety equipment in place.
In 2013, 14 patients had a narrow escape when a fire broke out at Gokul Nursing Home in Mulund (West) before dawn. The blaze that completely gutted the outpatient area, also killed a doctor, who was sleeping inside a cabin after duty. more