New Delhi: A major fire erupted during early hours of Sunday at Hotel Swarna Palace in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh that has been converted into a Covid Care Centre to treat COVID-19 patients.
According to The News Minute, at least eight people are feared dead and many others are injured. The hotel was housing mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients who did not require hospitalisation.
Videos of the incident showed patients stuck in upper floors of the Covid Care Centre while fire trucks battled flames near the first and second floor of the building. Many were seen standing in their balconies and signalling to authorities to rescue them from the burning building.
Firefighters from Andhra Pradesh Fire service used ladders to rescue some of the patients stuck in the upper floors of the building while others were rescued after flames were doused. The entire lobby of the hotel that has now been converted to Covid Care Centre has been destroyed in the fire.
Speaking to The News Minute, Krishna District Fire Officer Sreenivasa Reddy said, “Around eight to 10 people are feared dead. There were 30 patients in total (at the centre). The rest have been rescued and sent to Ramesh Hospital. They were all COVID-19 patients admitted to the facility being overseen by Ramesh Hospital. There may have been five to 10 staff members. The cause of the fire is still unclear. We can only say that after investigation.”
The reason for the fire in the building is still unknown but media reports suggest that a short circuit might have led to the incident.
This story first appeared in The News Minute.