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Fri December 9, 2011
'Inferno' At Hospital In India Kills Scores, Staff Accused Of Running
Horrific news from Kolkata, India:
"A basement fire sent flames and smoke coursing through a seven-story Indian hospital Friday, killing 73 people," The Associated Press reports, "and officials accused hospital staff of abandoning many patients to die of suffocation."
The death toll is likely to grow. There are already reports that it's reached at least 88.
The Times of India writes that the owners of AMRI hospital in Kolkata have now been arrested. According to the newspaper, "70 patients and three hospital staff were among those killed at the multistoreyed private hospital which turned into a towering inferno in the early morning hours."
India's NDTV, reports that "families of the victims and the government accuse the privately-owned and posh hospital of ignoring basic fire safety laws; they also say that after the fire began, doctors and staff members abandoned patients, many of who were immobile."