04:20 GMT17 May 2021
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    According to the latest data available, about 50 patients infected with coronavirus were rescued from the four-story Welfare Hospital engulfed in fire with the help of firefighters and local residents.

    The death toll of a fire that broke out at a hospital for coronavirus patients in Bharuch, the Indian state of Gujarat, has reached 18, Press Trust of India reported.

    "As per information at 6.30 am [01:00 GMT], the death toll in the tragedy stood at 18. Immediately after the fire, we had confirmation of 12 deaths," a police official told the PTI news agency.

    At least 12 patients have been killed by the blaze and smoke, while it remains unknown whether the other six also died in the hospital or while being transported to other facilities.

    The fire reportedly erupted in an intensive care unit where a short circuit took place.

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