6 infants killed as fire erupts in Lahore Services hospital nursery

25 infants were present in the nursery when the fire broke out, all shifted to emergency ward.


Web Desk June 07, 2012

LAHORE: At least six infants were killed while few others sustained burn injuries after fire erupted in the nursery of the Services Hospital, Lahore on Thursday in what appeared to be a short circuit, reported Express News.

Express News correspondent Umair Ali reported that some infants had lost consciousness after inhaling smoke.

Rescue officials reached the hospital and cleared the hall, while the infants were shifted to an emergency ward. At least 25 infants were present in the nursery at the time of the incident.

Officials are trying to investigate the cause of the fire.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and called for an investigation into the incident.

A hospital spokesperson said that while fire extinguishers were present in the hospital, the people were not able to use them.

Earlier, eyewitnesses had claimed that hospital authorities ran from the nursery as a fire erupted, abandoning the infants inside, but the hospital spokesperson said that the authorities ran to save their own lives.

An eyewitness told Express News that the fire erupted when an AC wire sparked.

COMMENTS (15)

A Rehman | 8 years ago | Reply

The staff's first reaction - both by INSTINCT and TRAINING - should have been to evacuate the babies, raise the alarm, call for help etc.

What kind of coward abandons babies in a fire? They should be charged, along with the administration, for criminal negligence - and whatever other charges apply. It won't help those families but at least these ''hospitals'' will think twice before neglecting basic safety inspections, training, readiness etc.

Faisal | 8 years ago | Reply May Allah give patience to parents of the deceased angels. i am a father of two children 1 boy and 1 daughter. your children are your everything. i know it's a huge loss to the parents and a gap which can never be fulfilled. Hospitals should be updated every year. there should be an inspection team in the hospital whose duty is to check on every tiny things in the hospital. It's really a sad incident. Hospitals should be ashamed of themselves...
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