More than 30 people, including two women, suffered minor to severe burn injuries when an LPG pipeline burst in a five-star hotel on MG Road on Friday afternoon. The blast took place in the staff cafeteria of Hotel Fortune Select Global around 1pm. Several employees were having lunch there at the time.
Three staff members, including a woman, suffered more than 80% burns and were rushed to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Gurgaon does not have a dedicated burn wards in any of its hospitals. Hotel authorities informed the police that workers in the hotel pantry had drained out the LPG gas in the drain to remove a blocked pipeline. They had then flushed it with hot water, causing the blast in the hotel’s upper basement.
While MN Bawa, food and beverages manager of the hotel, said there were no casualties, senior hotel officials refused to comment on the matter. More than 30 of the injured were rushed to the Neelkanth Hospital on MG Road immediately after the blast.
Dr S Garg of Neelkanth Hospital said, “About 30% of the injured had second degree burns while 70% had suffered deep burns. Three of the victims, including a woman who was wearing a saree, suffered 80-90 % burns.”
The other injured were taken to the Artemis Hospital in Sector 51. “We received 28 burn cases. Since we do not have a dedicated burn unit, we can’t treat patients suffering more than 30% burns. All patients are safe,” said Dr Vishal Sehgal of Artemis Hospital.