Hospital fire leaves at least 20 dead, dozens injured in India

The hospital reportedly caught fire at around 7.30pm local time (Getty)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

At least 20 people have died after a fire broke out at a hospital in the west of India.

A further 50 people were reportedly injured after a dialysis room caught fire at the medical facility in Bhubaneswar. The blaze then spread to the intensive care unit and medicine wards.

Varying accounts of the death toll have been put forward, but the final figure has yet to be confirmed.

It is thought that one of the dialysis machines caught fire to trigger the inferno at around 7.30pm local time on Monday. More than 500 patients were reportedly inside the building when the fire began.

Three employees have been suspended in the wake of the incident, according to Indian news outlet NDTV.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded by calling the tragedy "mind-numbing" and expressing anguish for the loss of lives.

Modi tweeted: "Spoke to Minister @JPNadda & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly."