There must be ten newborns en killed in a fatal fire in a hospital in India.
Only seven of the 17 babies in a maternity ward were rescued from the massive inferno at Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra.
The fire broke out at 2 a.m. on Saturday, and all of the deceased were reportedly between a few days and three months old.
The western state is India’s richest, said a doctor.
Three to four babies died in the flame, while the rest died from suffocation when the oxygen supply was cut, local media reports.
Staff rescued seven of the tiny children from the Sick Newborn Care Unit, but were beaten back before they could save the remaining ten.
Pramod Khandate, a civilian surgeon at the hospital, said, “The fire started at 2 a.m. today.”
Bhandara collector Sandeep Kadam told and spoke to him about the moment the fire broke out in the hospital’s native ward The Indian Express.
He said: “At the time there were two nurses and one assistant in the children’s ward.They immediately sounded the alarm.
“The fire department was called, but before they got there, staff tried to save the children and managed to save seven babies.”
The ongoing explosions at the station hampered rescue efforts and staff were unable to save all babies, he added.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thakre ordered an investigation into the incident asleading politicians expressed their grief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on twitter:“A heartbreaking tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we arelost precious young lives.
“My thoughts go out to everyone who remainsFamilys. I hope the injured will recover as soon as possible. “
A number of other politicians, including opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, also expressed their grief.
Union Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Twitter: ” The fire accident at the Bhandara District Hospital in Maharashtra is very unfortunate.
“I am tormented indescribably. My thoughts and condolences go to the bereaved.
“May God give you the strength to endure this irreparable loss.”
The seven rescued babies were transferred to another ward, according to local reports.
The exact cause of death of the newborn is confirmed after a post-mortem.