Kolkata Fire
People help carry a patient out of a hospital after it caught fire in Kolkata, India, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.Bikas Das/AP/Press Association

At least 40 people have died in a major fire at a private hospital at Dhakuria in Kolkata that broke out around 4 a.m. Friday.

According to a report by CNN IBN, the fire broke out at the 161-bed hospital, AMRI, in south Kolkata in the wee hours.

The report also mentioned that many bodies have been moved to the SSKM hospital. The identification of bodies is in process, but some may remain unidentified as they are charred beyond recognition.

The source of the fire is not known. Around 20 fire tenders were rushed to the hospital.

Speaking to the media, Fire Services Minister Javed Khan said the fire spread because of stocks of highly combustible material, and the hospital did not have proper fire-fighting equipment.

Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee rushed to the spot to review the situation.

Here is the CNN IBN report.