Tragedy in India – Seven babies dead after fire in children’s ward


At least seven babies have died in a fire at a newborn clinic in India’s Delhi metropolitan region, according to local media.

The massive fire broke out in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar area late on Saturday evening and destroyed the entire building, the Times of India newspaper reported on Sunday.

Twelve babies were rescued from the clinic and taken to another hospital, broadcaster NDTV reported, citing rescuers. However, seven children died there from their serious injuries. Five babies are still being treated.

The cause of the fire was still unclear. Oxygen cylinders probably exploded. The clinic’s owner is under investigation, but media reports say he has gone into hiding.

At least 27 dead in amusement park fire
In another incident on Saturday, at least 27 people, including children, were killed in a major fire at an amusement park in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

The fire broke out on Saturday evening in the two-storey building, which allowed recreational activities such as bowling and trampolining. According to the fire brigade, there were more than 300 people in the center.

Many had difficulty leaving the burning building as a temporary space at the entrance collapsed, fire officials said. The fire spread quickly due to flammable material.

Jumped from the first floor
Survivors reported in Indian media that they kicked open doors and jumped out of windows to get outside. “We tried to escape through a back door but it didn’t work,” one survivor reported in The Indian Express Newspaper. “I saw a beam of light from outside, kicked down the sheet metal and the five of us jumped from the first floor.”

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing, a local government official said. The police have arrested two suspects. He had previously spoken about the arrest of four people.

Source: Krone


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