A major fire broke out at a government-run Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital in Mumbai, India killing at least six people and injuring 133
A major fire broke out at a government-run Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital in Mumbai, killing at least six people and injuring 133. PIX: Britta Pedersen/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

A major fire broke out at a government-run hospital in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, killing at least six people and injuring 133, police officials said.

The blaze began on the fourth floor of the five-storey Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital in the Andheri district late Monday afternoon, local media reported.

A police spokesman said the fire had been brought under control and rescue work completed.

“A total of six people were killed in the blaze. 133 people were injured. The victims included both patients, staff and visitors at the hospital,” he said.

As many as 33 fire engines were at the site to douse the fire. The cause of the fire was likely an electrical short-circuit, the spokesman added.

Fires are common occurrences in India, where many establishments do not comply with fire safety standards.

Local officials said the hospital had been found not to comply with regulations in a recent fire safety audit.

In 2016, 20 people were killed at a hospital fire in eastern India. In 2011, 89 people died in a fire at a hospital in Kolkata city. -DPA

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