MUMBAI: A fire broke out at the sick newborn care unit (SNCU) of Bhandara Civil Hospital, killing 10 children in the process. Seven children have been rescued in the process.
Bhandara Civil Hospital is located some 65 km from Nagpur.
The fire was first noted by a nurse on duty, who opened the door to the SNCU and saw smoke. She immediately informed the hospital officials who called the fire brigade.
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope described the tragedy as "unfortunate" and ordered an investigation.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has expressed grief and ordered a probe, also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs for the kin of the deceased in the fire incident.
As per early reports, electrical warmers were being used for the new-born babies at the hospital and a short circuit probably caused the fire.