Fire at hospital in Pune, patients being evacuated

A major fire broke out at the third floor of the Medipoint Hospital in Pune's Aundh area, said reports.

There are no reports of casualty yet.Four fire tenders have been brought to bring the fire under control.

Authorities are also putting in efforts to evacuate the patients.

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The illegal fourth floor

The illegal fourth floor where the fire broke out, is at least 5 years old. This floor was being used to run a research lab, as living quarters for nurses and security staff (who were allowed to cook) and as a storage area. It is plainly visible from the road. Why was it not demolished?

The director of the hospital claims that it is well equipped with firefighting equipment and that the staff has been trained for firefighting. If that is so then why were they not able to douse the fire even in its nascent stages?

Every inch of space, right up to the boundary wall is being used by the hospital for commercial activity. How can the hospital be provided with so many exemptions when it is a private limited company?

A new building of the hospital is under construction right next to the old one. Does it have all the requisite safety equipment and permissions from the PMC and the Fire department?

The hospital has 102 beds. The fire broke out on the topmost floor of the hospital when it had only 36 patients. Had it broken out on one of the lower floors or had there been more patients then the story would have been much different.

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