More than a dozen killed in Indian hospital fire

People gather outside the private Sum Hospital after a fire broke there on October 17, 2016.

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  • Most died due to smoke inhalation, according to preliminary reports
  • More than 100 people were injured

New Delhi (CNN)At least 19 people were killed by a hospital fire in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, Arti Ahuja, the state's health secretary, told CNN.

Another 106 were injured, she said.
    The fire started about 7:30 p.m. local time at the Sum Hospital, a private hospital and medical college, and was contained in less than two hours, according to Ahuja.
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    More than 600 patients were admitted to the hospital when the blaze broke out in the first-floor dialysis unit.
    The fire then spread to the intensive care unit.
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the incident on Twitter, calling it a "mind-numbing" tragedy.
    According to preliminary reports, most people might have died due to smoke inhalation, Ahuja said.
    An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, she said.