Saturday, December 10, 2011

Six hospital managers Arrested as at Least 88 people are killed in Hospital Blaze, India - 10th Dec 2011

Investigators have arrested six hospital managers after a fire that killed at least 88 people in a hospital Friday in eastern India.

The six worked at a five-story hospital in the city of Kolkata, said Javed Ahmed Khan, the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services minister.

They were arrested for negligence, Khan said.

A "majority" of the bed-ridden patients were abandoned by most of the staff on duty, he said.

Video of the scene showed crowds of people wearing face masks rushing patients out onto the street in stretchers.

One child, apparently unconscious, was lowered by a rope from a higher floor of the hospital by rescuers.

A mass of people stood outside the hospital talking on cell phones and holding each other. Some who were trapped inside had broken windows to let the smoke out, and the hospital remained hot and smoky, CNN-IBN reported.

A doctor and two attendants were among the dead, Khan said. The other victims were all patients. Kolkata police said 60 more were injured.

The blaze started in the hospital's basement, said D.P. Biswas, adjutant director-general of the fire department in the area.

The victims died of smoke inhalation, Biswas said.

Authorities were trying to determine what caused the fire, which started at 4 a.m. Read More