Kolkata : At least 81 people have died in Kolkata’s AMRI hospital blaze Friday . The worst fire accident in any hospital in India ever .
The fire began before dawn from the basement of the building and soon engulfed four floors, trapping hundreds of people mostly critically ill patients .
The dead include 78 patients and 3 hospital staffers . Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation .
Efforts are still on to look for survivors and bodies and to put out the smouldering and flickering fires inside the building .
Co-founded by the Emami & Shrachi Groups along with the West Bengal government in 1996, the hospital was once rated as amongst India’s best apparently was not properly equipped to fight fire .
Emami Group Chairman R.S. Goenka and Shrachi Group’s R.S. Todi — and four other directors of the hospital were arrested , chief minister Mamta Banerjee said . The hospital’s licence has been cancelled.
Reports said the fire brigade allegedly reached the hospital two hours late and was initially ill-equipped , coming without masks and with only poor manual lifts – to deal with the massive fire .