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India: 'Many die' in Calcutta hospital fire - BBC News

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9 December 2011 Last updated at 06:46 GMT India: 'Many die' in Calcutta hospital fire At least 35 people have been killed in a fire that broke out in a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta (Kolkata), officials say. Most of the victims were patients who were trapped after the flames spread through the AMRI hospital in the southern part of the city. The fire broke out in the basement of the hospital early on Friday, officials said. Fire engines fought the blaze for five hours before bringing it under control. The fire is among the deadliest in Calcutta in recent years. Officials say the death toll is likely to rise as rescue workers are trying to reach the upper floors of the six-storey hospital in Dhakuria. "Patients have suffocated on the fumes," West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim told reporters. A Lunettes Rayban number of patients have been rescued, and moved to other hospitals in the city. 'Grim situation' "We have shifted 50 patients to an adjacent hospital. The situation is grim at the moment," fire brigade chief Gopal Bhattacharya told the AFP news agency. The BBC's Amitabha Bhattashali in Calcutta says bodies of patients wrapped in white sheets have been brought out by rescue workers. Local people climbed into the hospital compound to rescue patients before fire engines arrived, our correspondent adds. Mr Hakim said the fire broke out in the basement of the hospital, which was being used as a store for flammable items. The fire spread swiftly to the upper floors of the private hospital. TV pictures showed patients in gurneys being rescued and distraught relatives of trapped patients. ray ban wayfarer pas cher Thick smoke was coming out of the lower floors. One rescued patient said: "The attendants woke me up and dragged me down the stairs. I saw 10-15 patients at the top of the stairs trying to get down." More than 40 people died in a huge fire in a historic building in Calcutta in March last year. Fires in high-rise buildings are fairly common in the city. There have been at least 10 major incidents since 2008. Electrical short circuits have been responsible for most of these fires. Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here. Read the terms and conditions (Required) Name (Required) Your E-mail address (Required) Town & Country (Required) Your telephone number (Required) Comments If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions. Terms and conditions Send Clear Puma pas cher
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