The toll in the Sum Hospital fire
rose to 21 on Wednesday with the death of a patient who was undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar.
The deceased, identified as Janakibla Hui, had been shifted to AIIMS
soon after the devastating fire
ravaged the private medical facility on Monday evening, a spokesman of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar said.
The woman had earlier been admitted to Sum Hospital
reportedly with lung cancer, he said adding she had been shifted to AIIMS
in a critical condition.
Most of the victims, who were on ventilator support, perished because of asphyxiation as a thick layer of smoke had enveloped vast areas of Sum Hospital
after the fire
Out of the 21 deaths recorded so far, 14 cases were reported in the Capital Hospital, five at AMRI Hospital and two in AIIMS, officials said.
As many as 106 patients have been shifted from the fire-hit private hospital to different places including Capital Hospital, AIIMS, AMRI Hospital, Kalinga Hospital, KIIMS and Hitech Hospital in Bhubaneswar, while some were sent to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.