Old records, including those pertaining to chronic cases, of patients taking treatment at the hospital were gutted in a fire that broke out in the record room of the medical superintendent of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Wednesday morning.
No casualties or injuries have been reported in the outbreak. Smoke coming from the record room adjoining the medical superintendent’s office alerted the staff on duty about the fire in the medical superintendent’s office, sending them in a tizzy and spurring them into action to control the fire on their own.
The fire brigade was informed about the incident, but the conflagration was subdued by the staff with the help of fire extinguishers before they could arrive at the spot. However, the incident has taken the hospital administration by surprise as they, seeing no probable reason for the eruption, have decided to constitute a committee to probe the possible reasons behind the outbreak of the fire.
Giving details, Dr Ram Sarup, medical superintendent, Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, said the exact time of the eruption is not known, but the staff on duty witnessed smoke emanating from his office at around 6 am.
“They informed me about the outbreak of fire by telephone. Thereafter, they doused the flames with the help of fire extinguishers. There has been no major damage, except that some records, including those of chronic cases taking treatment here have been burnt,” he said.
Dr Sarup said no casualty or injury had been reported in the incident as the fire was a ‘minor one’ and was easily brought under control. “Though the exact cause of the outbreak is not yet known, we intend to constitute a committee to probe the reasons behind the same,” he said.
He added that a complaint in this regard had been lodged at Majitha Road police station.
Sub-inspector Gagandeep Singh, SHO, Majitha Road police station, said he had received a complaint from the hospital authorities. “No case has been registered, but we have lodged a daily dairy report on the basis of the complaint submitted by the hospital authorities,” he said.