Ten newborns were killed in a massive fire at a hospital in Maharashtra, India’s richest state, on Saturday, a doctor said as leading politicians expressed grief over the loss of life.
“The fire broke out at 2 a.m. today,” said Pramod Handate, a civilian surgeon at Bhandara County Hospital in the western state. Seven of the 17 children in the neonatal ward have been rescued, Kandate told Reuters partner ANI.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Takre has ordered an investigation into the incident.
“A heart tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we lost precious young lives,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter. “My thoughts are with all the grieving families. I hope the wounded recover as soon as possible. ”
A number of other politicians, including opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, have also expressed their grief.