Fire at children’s ward in GTB Hospital in Delhi, all evacuated

According to Delhi Fire Brigade Chief G C Mishra, the hospital does not have an ‘NOC’ from the fire department.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 23, 2016 2:11 am
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A FIRE broke out in the children’s ward of the multi-storeyed Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital at Dilshad Garden early Saturday morning. According to officials, no casualty was reported as all patients and staff were evacuated safely. According to Delhi Fire Brigade Chief G C Mishra, the hospital does not have an ‘NOC’ from the fire department. He said a team is likely to visit the spot before preparing its report on the incident.

“The incident occurred at 3:35 am at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Doctors and nurses saw the fire and immediately raised an alarm. All the 34 children in the ward were evacuated and taken to another ward. No one was injured in the incident,” said Mishra. After receiving the PCR call, six fire tenders, including one Bronto sky-lift fire tender, were rushed to the spot.

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“Prima facie it appears the fire was triggered by overheating of the ventilator, following which the wire caught fire. The flames were doused by 4.20 am,” said a senior police officer.

“The fire was brought under control within half hour and no casualties have been reported. The hospital staff raised an alarm when they noticed over-heating of a ventilator that caused the fire. All the children in ward were immediately evacuated,” said a senior official of GTB Hospital.

In the wake of the fire tragedy at SUM Hospital in Odisha, the Delhi government has ordered a fire safety audit in all its hospitals and sought a report to ensure no such mishap occurs in the national capital.

There are 36 hospitals under the Delhi government, with Lok Nayak Jaiprakash (LNJP) Hospital being the biggest. The seven-storeyed GTB Hospital, with a capacity of 1,500 beds is one of the busiest in the city. Hospital authorities said “nearly 40 per cent of the patients come from Uttar Pradesh”.