According to the state’s health secretary, Arati Ahuja, the fire left 20 people dead and over 100 injured. They have been admitted to various hospitals in the city and the medical college in Cuttack. Many of the injured are in critical condition.
An electrical short circuit is believed to be have caused the fire.
PM Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish for the tragedy, and said his thoughts are with the bereaved families.