Over 130 minor fire-related incidents reported in Delhi on Diwali night

A total of 290 fire incidents were reported during Diwali last year.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: October 31, 2016 8:02 am
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Over 130 minor fire-related incidents were reported the city on Diwali on Sunday, but there were no casualties, an official said.

“So far, 133 fire related incidents have been reported, all of which are minor. Four to five people have sustained burn injuries but there is no report of any casualty or any major injury,” said an officer of the Delhi Fire Service (DFS).

DFS had cancelled Diwali leave of all its employees and has put on standby 1,500 fire fighters across the city to handle any emergency.

Chief Fire Officer GC Mishra said that 1,500 fire fighters along with the back-up teams in control room, workshops and other departments are on duty to tackle emergency situations.

“A total of 59 fire stations exist and we have established 22 additional centres considering last year’s experience,” he said.

A total of 290 fire incidents were reported during Diwali last year.

Fire engines were stationed at 22 sensitive areas across the city like Azadpur Mandi, Bara Tooti Chowk in Sadar Bazar, Ghitorni, Tilak Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Gandhi Nagar as a precaution as the maximum number of fire calls are received from these areas.

Additional emergency teams were also stationed at designated areas while for quick response, 10 motorcycles and 11 quick reaction teams too have been readied.

Delhi hospitals too have arrangements for treating victims of burn injuries during the festival.

While the Safdarjung Hospital, which has a reputed burn injury ward, has added 24 extra beds and deployed six more medical specialists, the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in central Delhi has set up an emergency OPD to handle burn cases.

Most cases of burns on Diwali arise from accidents attributed to firecrackers and are reported from late in the night to 6 am the next morning.

The CATS (Centralised Accident and Trauma Services) has also put all its 150 plus ambulances on high alert. They will act in coordination with police.

Over 500 cases of burn injuries caused by fire crackers were reported across the national capital on Diwali last year.

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    Amar Akbar
    Oct 31, 2016 at 6:38 am
    This is the right le. Hujj Effect: Millions of children go hungry and pollution increases to highest due to air lifting of 300,000 hujji jihadi every year. If Muslims stop going to Mecca, this planet will have less carbon footprint as air pollution due to airlines is the highest as well as the waste generated by Muslims is highest. Since Allah is everywhere going to Mecca is a total waste. And when we spend tens of thousands of crores to lift and fly these Muslims at tax payers money in a secular country with Hindu majority needs to be banned as this can bring food to millions of children instead of paying to Saudia to fly these morons. And many times so many people die due to stampede in Mecca.
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      Oct 31, 2016 at 6:28 am
      No news about Moharram when muslim kids hurt them self? How come only Hindu festivals become headlines? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Day is not far when your such actions will make India as stan or Afganistan.