At least 20 killed in a hospital fire in India

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At least 19 people have died after more than 40 critically ill patients were trapped in the first floor intensive care unit. Many of the critical patients were on ventilators Most of the victims had died owing to smoke inhalation, with toxic smoke filling the entire floor of the building and hampering rescue efforts. More than 100 patients have been shifted to other hospitals. More than 100 firefighters had battled the fire for five hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to help the injured. “The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” he said. In 2011, another major blaze engulfed AMRI Hospital in the city of Kolkata, killing 89 people.

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