India hospital fire deaths rise to 88; 6 arrested
A hospital staff member is rescued as fire engulfs hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
December 9th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

India hospital fire deaths rise to 88; 6 arrested

[Updated at 1:07 p.m. ET] Investigators have arrested six hospital managers after a fire that killed at least 88 people in a hospital Friday in eastern India.

The six worked at a five-story hospital in the city of Kolkata, said Javed Ahmed Khan, the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services minister.

They were arrested for negligence, Khan said.

A "majority" of the bed-ridden patients were abandoned by most of the staff on duty, he said.

Video of the scene broadcast by CNN affiliate CNN-IBN showed crowds of people wearing face masks and rushing patients out onto the street in stretchers.

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  1. banasy©

    I think this is just horrendous; my heart goes out to the families of those who perished.

    I saw this on the news this morning; the report said that there had been safety violations in the past.

    Sad, just utterly sad.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I am somewhat sure that the mods who deal with the abuse read the comments before deleting them; otherwise there would be a lot of posts that would be removed vindictivly.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Indeed we do.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ joey, seems a little bit disheartening being victimized that way and then read ur the one bein moderated. Even yahoo, as archaic as they are have a system in place to prevent this from happening!

    December 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    well i for one thank you nicole saidi, i would hate for one of my daughters to read that garbage about their brother. But why are my comments still awaiting moderation? Makes me feel victimized all over again!

    December 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ nicole saidi, thank you for your diligence on this. I dont envy you your job, it is almost the equivelent to kindergarten teacher eh?

    December 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)

    Hello all my friends.
    Sounds as if CNN is finally doing something about our troll problem.
    Now maybe we can have normal converstions again.

    December 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. F1

    I just read the last several inputs no im not a troll. Im the one that had seen some threats that i take seriously, against me or any body else, regardless of who it is .i read some pretty bad stuff myself and tried to rally support to stop this person, if it worked or not i dont know. But something has gotten through ,thank god!im not a troll o.k

    December 10, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
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