A major fire broke out at Sun Hospital in Tulasipur area of Odisha’s Cuttack city on Monday. As many as 11 patients were provided an escape quickly by the hospital staff. Despite being the biggest nursing homes in Cuttack, not many patients were admitted because a construction work was going on. The fire started on the top floor and smoke bellowed out soon.

According to Cuttack deputy commissioner of police, Prateek Singh, no casualties have been recorded due to the fire in Dr Dipak Mitra’s hospital. As many as five fire tenders were used to put out the flames. However, the narrow road approaching the hospital created many hurdles for the fire brigade. A hydraulic platform was used to carry out operations on the top floor.

Maheswar Swain, director of the Odisha Fire and Disaster Response Academy, told Hindustan Times that the hospital had no fire licence issued by the department.

“The hospital authorities had been directed to adopt adequate fire safety measures. But they are yet to get the certificate. We could evacuate the patients safely as we had done mock evacuation exercises there earlier,” Swain said.

However, according to Cuttack district collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani, the hospital had ensured all fire safety measures.

Earlier in September, another major fire had broke out at Sadguru COVID hospital in Cuttack’s Jagatpur area. As many as 127 Covid-19 patients were provided a narrow escape as many felt unconscious when the smoke enveloped the ICU and other rooms.

In October 2016, 24 patients died in Bhubaneswar in a hospital fire.