NEW DELHI, January 9 (Reuters) – Ten newborn babies were killed in a massive fire on Saturday at a hospital in Maharashtra, India’s richest state, a doctor said, as prominent politicians expressed their sorrow at the loss of human life.
“The fire started today at 2 am (8:30 pm GMT),” said Pramod Khandate, a civilian surgeon at Bhandara District General Hospital in Western State. Seven of the 17 children in the sick neonatal care unit were rescued, said Khandate, Reuters partner, ANI.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thakre has ordered an investigation into the incident.
“A heartbreaking tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we lost precious young lives,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter. “My thoughts are with all the bereaved families. I hope that the injured recover as soon as possible ”.
A number of other politicians, including opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, have also expressed their grief.