Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the loss of lives in a massive fire that broke out at a hotel turned into a coronavirus facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada. At least seven people were killed after a fire broke out at a coronavirus care centre in Vijayawada at around 5 am on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter, PM Narendra Modi said he was anguished by the fire at the Covid centre in Vijayawada.
PM Modi also said he has spoken to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy to discuss the prevailing situation and assured all possible support.
PM Modi said, “Anguished by the fire at a Covid Centre in Vijayawada. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover as soon as possible. Discussed the prevailing situation with AP CM @ysjagan Ji and assured all possible support.”
According to the reports, more than 20 people, including the coronavirus care centre staff, have been rescued after the fire broke out.
B Srinivaslu, Vijayawada Police Commissioner, said at least 30 coronavirus patients were being treated at the Covid-19 care centre in Vijayawada where the fire broke out.
“The fire was reported at around 5:09 am and the fire was controlled within 25-30 minutes. And 15-20 people were rescued and sent to another private hospital. Some are in critical condition in the hospital. About 30 Covid-19 patients and 10 hospital staff were here,” B Srinivaslu was quoted as saying by ANI.
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock over the fire accident at the Covid-19 facility and directed the authorities to conduct an in-depth inquiry.