Five infants perish in Punjab hospital fire

January 31st, 2009 - 12:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Patiala (Punjab), Jan 31 (IANS) At least five infants were burnt alive when a fire broke out in the photo-therapy ward of the government-run Rajindra Hospital in Punjab’s Patiala town early Saturday, hospital authorities said.One critically burnt infant was rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at Chandigarh, about 90 km away.

Five other children also received serious burn injuries, hospital authorities said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent, Surinder Kumar, said that the accident occurred after a tubelight in the photo-therapy ward of the hospital burst.

Parents of the children rushed to the ward on hearing a loud burst there and saw that the room was already in flames.

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