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243 incidents related to fire reported in Delhi on Diwali

There was a decline in the number of fire related calls received this year on Diwali, said officials.

delhi Updated: Oct 31, 2016 15:55 IST
HT Correspondent
The fire department received almost 50 calls less this year.
The fire department received almost 50 calls less this year.(AFP)

The Delhi Fire Department received 243 calls related to crackers and electricity short circuit on Diwali. All fires were doused within a couple of hours and no casualties were reported, officials said.

“Diwali is the busiest time of the year for our teams. All the preparations were made and everything was managed well,” said Delhi Fire Services chief GC Mishra.

There was a decline in the number of fire related calls received this year on Diwali, said officials.

“Last year we got 290 calls related to fire incidents. We received approximately 50 calls less this year. The maximum number of calls were received when people began bursting crackers between 7pm and 12am. Forty calls were alone received between 8pm to 10pm,” said a senior Delhi fire service officer.

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Despite decline in the number of fire incidents over last year, the fire department reported its maximum staff usage this Diwali. Officials said that though there was no major fire break, additional staff had been deployed as a precautionary measure.

“A little over 3,000 personnel had been pressed into service. We even used our maximum fire fighting equipments to tackle any major fire incidents. We had increased the number of phone lines and had set up temporary stations at 22 locations across Delhi,” said the officer.

The fire department has 59 permanent fire stations across the Capital.

Officials said that they received few hoax calls as well.