ESIC hospital fire: Fire brigade had given provisional NOC to the old building, was under renovation for air-conditioning

MIDC police have registered an accidental death report and are still investigating the case

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A massive fire broke out in Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in MIDC, Andheri on Monday evening. In total, eight people lost their lives while 142 were injured. Though the cause of the fire is not known yet, police believe that the fire broke out in the AC duct on the ground floor of the old structure (ground plus four) of the ESIC Hospital that has a glass façade. 

A new building which is a seven storey is connected to the old one on the first floor is under construction and the old structure, too, was undergoing renovation for centralised air-conditioning. 

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An officer from MIDC police station said that the smoke created more trouble than the fire. He added that they have registered an accidental death report and are checking if there was any negligence.

According to the sources, the new building has still not received an occupation certificate (OC) or a final nod from the MIDC fire brigade. A senior fire officer said that 12-13 days ago, the hospital had applied for a final fire NOC for its new structure. 

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MV Ogale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, MIDC said that while reviewing the new building, they realised that the old building needed a few more changes. He added that they refused to give the final NOC for the new building and put the old building’s NOC in provisional category. A senior official from the MIDC fire brigade said that they will take an action depending on the cause of fire.

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