As many as four people were killed and several others injured in a massive fire that broke out at Swarna Palace Hotel in Vijayawada. The hotel is being used as a Covid-19 care center.
The government is providing treatment for more than 50 patients who have tested positive for coronavirus in the hotel. Reports say that fire broke out at around 5 am today. The other COVID-19 patients in the hotel were rescued and have been shifted to Ramesh Hospitals. Hotel staff was alerted immediately and it is said that the fire reportedly broke out due to a short circuit at the reception area. Fire engines were rushed to the hotel to battle the blaze.
Vijayawada CP Srinivasulu said that 4 people were killed and the death toll is likely to increase. He further added that 2 patients jumped down from upper floors and their condition is said to be critical. Ramesh Hospitals is using the Swarna Palace Hotel as a COVID facility. The state government has recently converted this hotel into a COVID-19 treatment center.
Minister Vellampally Srinivas asserted that “Hospital management’s negligence could have led to the mishap. The fire was put out quickly but since the inmates are COVID-19 patients and having breathing difficulties, the fire and smoke further worsened the situation.”
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reacted to the massive fire that broke out in the Vijaywada district on Sunday, 9th August. The state chief ordered an in-depth inquiry and announced Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of the deceased.
He expressed shock and grief over the mishap that took place at the Swarna Palace hotel in Vijaywada, further inquiring the cause of the accident.
The CM was informed by his team that the hotel had been leased to a private contractor, and was harboring COVID patients. Nine casualties have been reported until now.
The CM further directed to take up required rescue measures and ensure proper medical care to the victims of the fire. He has also ordered an official inquiry into the accident.
At least nine patients were feared killed when a fire broke out at a private COVID-19 care center, Swarna Palace Hotel, on Eluru Road in Vijayawada in the early hours of Sunday.
The fire, which broke out at 4.30 am on the first floor of the multi-storied hotel, quickly spread to the second floor too. A private hospital, Ramesh Hospital, had a tie-up with the Swarna Palace Hotel to run a COVID care center.
The fire occurred on the first floor of the multi-storied building, the flames and smoke spread to the second floor of the building also. A private hospital has been running the COVID Care Center in Vijayawada city.
Vijayawada Police Commissioner B Srinivasulu said that the electrical short- circuit might have the reason for the fire mishap. The incident took place when the patients were asleep