Prime Criticare Hospital was located around 40 kilometers northeast of Mumbai. (Source of image: ANI News)
On April 28, at 3:40 am, a fire broke out at a private hospital killed 4 people. Prime Criticare Hospital (a non-Covid healthcare facility) in the Thane district had 20 patients under treatment for which 6 were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) when it caught fire. About 2 fire engines, 2 water tankers, 5 ambulances, and 1 rescue vehicle were sent off to the spot immediately. All the 20 patients admitted to the hospital were rescued and were shifted to nearby hospitals. Deputy municipal commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation - Sandeep Malvi and Chief of RDMC of Thane Municipal Corporation - Santosh Kadam, both confirmed that the patients died “after” they were “shifted to various other hospitals”. The exact reason behind the fire will be known after a detailed investigation. But, according to a fire department official - a short circuit in the meter room of the hospital could have triggered the fire. Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the deceased's family and Rs 1 lakh each to those injured. Also, Jitendra Awhad, the Maharashtra minister and local MLA informed that the fire destroyed the first floor of the hospital.