A fire broke out at Laxmipat Singhaniya (LPS) Institute of Cardiology in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Sunday. All patients admitted to the hospital have been safely evacuated, and officials have not reported any casualty so far. Nine fire tenders reached the spot to douse the fire. The LPS Institute of Cardiology, part of the UP government-run Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College located in the Kanpur town.
A major accident was averted in the ICU of the Cardiology department at the time of the fire there were more than 146 patients, who were later evacuated. “The fire is under control. 146 patients were safely evacuated after the fire started. Nine patients are still in the ICU but they are medically safe and sound. No casualty has been reported from the fire brigade as of now,” Aseem Arun, Police Commissioner, Kanpur, said.
Some patients were removed by breaking the window glass. As of yet, no deaths and injuries have been reported. As a precautionary measure, ten ambulances have reached the spot. Patients have been temporarily shifted to the new building. “The fire broke out in the storeroom. Things are under control now and officers are on the ground. There are no casualties. Around 140 patients were evacuated,” Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi said, adding that the flames have been doused.
According to Swaroop Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Ashwani Pandey, the fire broke out on the first floor of the hospital.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered a probe into the incident. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the incident and directed immediate assistance to the evacuated patients. The Chief Minister’s office said: “The Chief Minister has taken cognisance of the fire in the cardiology department building at Kanpur. He has directed that all evacuated patients be provided with immediate care.”
The CMO added that the Principal Secretary Medical Education Alok Kumar and DG Fire and Kanpur Commissioner would further investigate the incident and submit a report to Chief Minister by March 28 evening.