Indian hospital fire death toll rises to 88
KOLKATA - The Associated Press
People evacuate patients after a fire broke out at a nursing home in Kolkata, India, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. AP PhotoIndian police say the death toll from a fire that raged through a Kolkata hospital has risen to 88.
Authorities have accused hospital staff of abandoning patients as the smoke and flames raced through the AMRI Hospital in the eastern Indian city early Friday. Police arrested six hospital officials on charges of culpable homicide.
Danayati Sen, a top Kolkata police official, said 73 bodies were pulled out of the hospital and an additionar 15 people succumbed to their injuries.