All necessary support is being given to Odisha, says JP Nadda

Vijay Mohanti, a local legislator, said early reports suggest the fire broke out late Monday evening and spread to the intensive care unit of the private Sum Hospital.

At least 22 patients admitted to the Sum Hospital in Shampur area of Odisha capital have been killed and the casualty is likely to rise further, sources said.

Besides the Capital Hospital, Dr Patnaik said, the patients were shifted to nearby Amri Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Kalinga Hospital, SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and some other hospitals in the state capital region.

However, the Capital Hospital Superintendent Binod Kumar Mishra said, "We have received nine dead bodies, while five others are in very critical condition". The tragedy is mind-numbing. "Rescue operation underway", said Binay Behera, DG, Fire Services.

Fire was first spotted in the Dialysis ICU and operation theatre situated in the first floor of the SUM Hospital building around 7.45 p.m.

The fire brigade said they had rushed all their resources to the hospital, including several fire tenders and scores of personnel. "We are presently focusing on patient care and rescue", said Ahuja. She said the committee will inquire into the cause of the fire and whether there was any lapse on the part of the hospital authorities. The CM also directed all hospitals in the state to render free treatment to the patients affected by the fire.

Modi said he spoke to Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and asked him to facilitate transfer of all the injured to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar. Families of the victims and the government had accuse the privately-owned and posh hospital of ignoring basic fire safety laws.

Unconfirmed reports said 22 patients have died while several others have been injured during the evacuation process.

Meanwhile, SUM Hospital suspended three employees and formed an internal inquiry committee to probe the lapses.

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