Six newborn babies die in hospital fire in India


Six newborn babies died on Saturday after a fire broke out at the New Born Baby Care hospital in Delhi, India’s capital.

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, described the fire and deaths as “heartbreaking” in a post on social media.

Bystanders noticed the fire and braved the flames to rescue the newborns from the hospital.

“A total of 12 newborn babies were rescued from the hospital with the help of bystanders,” Surendra Choudhary, a senior police officer, said in a statement.

“However, six of the babies died before they could receive medical treatment.”

Choudhary also said that legal action will be taken against the owner of the hospital. He did not give further details about how the children died.

In addition to the six babies who died as a result of the fire, one of the 12 babies rescued from the ward was dead before the fire started.

Delhi Fire Department Director Atul Garg told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that 14 fire tenders have been sent to fight the fire.

“The fire spread too quickly because of an oxygen cylinder that exploded,” he said.

“We stand with those who lost their innocent children in this accident,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on social media.

“The causes of the incident are being investigated, and whoever is responsible for this negligence will not be spared.”

Modi also expressed his condolences to those who lost their babies.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families at this incredibly difficult time,” he wrote on social media. “I pray that the injured will recover quickly.”

The fire in the hospital broke out several hours after a fire at an amusement park in India’s western state of Gujarat. A total of 27 people died in the fire at the amusement park, including four children.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the two fires come amid an intense heat wave in northern India, with temperatures in Delhi reaching 46.8 °C (116.2 °F) on Saturday.