Indian hospitals review safety after deadly fire

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2011 2:36 AM
Indian hospitals review safety after deadly fire

A number of hospitals across India are reviewing safety procedures after a massive fire killed dozens at a private hospital in an eastern city.

Officials say lax safety standards contributed to the 91 deaths during Friday's fire at AMRI Hospital in Kolkata. Seven hospital directors have been charged with culpable homicide, including one being treated for smoke inhalation. The hospital has denied violating safety procedures and vowed to investigate.

Officials in New Delhi, its suburbs and several regions including Kashmir have ordered hospital safety reviews. New Delhi's chief minister also demanded checks of movie theaters and auditoriums.

Safety regulations are routinely ignored in India, where fire stairways and evacuation drills are rare.