Eight patients who were undergoing treatment for coronavirus lost their lives in a blaze that broke out at a private hospital in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Five men and three women, who were admitted to the ICU, died. A huge fire broke out in Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad’s Navrangpura area in the wee hours of Thursday, at around 3 AM. Eight fire tenders and ten ambulances of the fire department rushed to the spot.

“A staffer whose PPE caught fire ran out of the ward to douse it but the fire spread rapidly to the whole ward,” Rajesh Bhatt, additional chief fire officer of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“Five men and three women, who were undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus were not in a position to escape,” he said.

Around 45 patients were present at the time of the accident. According to an official, rest of them have been rescued safely and shifted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, a civic hospital.

Condoling the unfortunate accident and the deaths in his home state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to CM @vijayrupanibjp Ji and Mayor @ibijalpatel Ji regarding the situation. Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected”.