Official: At least 23 die in hospital fire in eastern India

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NEW DELHI - A fire broke out late Monday at a private hospital in a city in eastern India, killing at least 23 people, India's federal health minister said.

Minister J.P. Nadda disclosed the death toll from the fire at the Sum Hospital in the city of Bhubaneswar in an interview with the Times Now TV news station. Doctors at two local hospitals told the Press Trust of India news agency that 22 people were dead on arrival at their facilities. They said more than 20 people were being treated for injuries. The slight discrepancy in casualty figures could not be resolved.

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