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'Deepest sympathy' for lives lost in Indian hospital fire

Fire rips through Indian hospital's dialysis ward and intensive care unit, 20 people are reported killed

October 19, 2016

Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar has expressed his condolences after 20 people died in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Bhubaneswar, capital of the eastern Indian state of Odisha.

"It is with great sadness that I express our deepest sympathy for the demise of [20] patients. May their souls rest in peace and receive eternal bliss and I wish the injured patients a speedy recovery," the archbishop said in a statement.

The fire started in the dialysis ward of the hospital on Oct. 17 and spread to the intensive care unit and the medicine wards, killing 22 patients and leaving over a 100 injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the incident, terming the loss of lives in the hospital as "mind numbing."

The state government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident, which is believed to have been started by an electrical fault.

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