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Hospital fire in India leads to 90 deaths

Hospital Safety Insider, December 29, 2011

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Of 90 people died in a fire that began in the basement of Advanced Medical Research Institute (AMRI) Hospital in Kolkata. Four of the deceased were staff members; the rest were patients.

Fire broke out before dawn on December 16, 2011. The basement was originally designed to be a garage but was instead being used to store materials. Authorities reportedly told the hospital in September the basement was a hazard. The facility has lost its license.

The AMRI Hospital was recently rated one of the best hospitals in Kolkata by an Indian magazine, despite having improper firefighting equipment. Six hospital directors have been charged with culpable homicide.

Residents also reported trying to help with the rescue of patients, only to be stopped by hospital guards.

Source: The National



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