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Fire breaks out at AIIMS in Delhi, patients rescued

The fire reportedly broke out near the emergency ward of the hospital and patients and staff from one building were evacuated. Patients from nearby wards were also shifted.

india Updated: Aug 17, 2019 23:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The fire reportedly broke out near the emergency ward of the hospital and patients and staff from one building have been evacuated.
The fire reportedly broke out near the emergency ward of the hospital and patients and staff from one building have been evacuated.(HT PHOTO.)
         

A fire broke out on the second floor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday evening. The fire reportedly broke out near the emergency ward of the hospital and patients and staff from one building were evacuated. Patients from nearby wards were also shifted.

Atul Garg, chief fire officer (Delhi Fire Services), said that no casualties have been reported in the blaze.

Twenty two fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

The fire broke out in the second floor of the PC Block which mainly consists of doctors’ rooms and research labs, Garg said.

Watch | Fire breaks out at AIIMS near emergency ward, 22 fire tenders rushed to spot

 

The fire fighters have pressed into service a man-lift to carry out a combing operation to check if there are any people inside the affected part of the building. The fire was brought under control at 6.25 pm, according to Garg.

A short-circuit is suspected to have triggered the blaze, but the exact reason will be known only after an investigation later, the chief fire officer said.

A Delhi Fire Services official said that they received a call from the PC and Teaching Block of the hospital at around 4.50 pm and 22 fire tenders were immediately dispatched to contain the fire at the premier health institute.

First Published: Aug 17, 2019 17:24 IST