Special panel to probe Apollo Hospital fire

Bhubaneswar: A special committee has been formed to probe the fire mishap in Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday morning.

Khurda collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra said Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) will head 3-member committee to find out  the causes of the outbreak of fire and submit a report by February 6.

The terms of reference has been given to panel to probe into the technical aspects, he added.

The fire broke out in the battery rooms (maintenance room) on the fifth floor of the hospital at about 11 am.

However, the fire-fighting unit of the hospitals sprang into action and evacuated 26 patients from three ICUs. They were later shifted to other private hospitals in the city.

Apart from this, patients from other wards were safely brought to the ground floor as thick smoke spread in the hospital.

The two fire brigade units, which rushed to the hospitals to douse the flames, had to broke the glass window panels to release the smoke.

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