Updated: May 23, 2021 11:18:15 am
A fire broke out at ESI hospital in Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh on Thursday afternoon. Officials said the fire started from the operation theatre on the third floor of a non-Covid block and spread to other wards.
More than 50 patients were evacuated in time and they are now in other wards.
Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials said only a few patients were on the third floor when the fire broke out. Over 20 staffers were trapped, but were evacuated by firefighters in time.
Officials added that the fire broke due to a short circuit in the power supply room near the OT. The fire gutted medical equipment and hospital beds.
DFS Chief Atul Garg said, “We received a call around 1.17 pm about the fire near the OT room at a hospital. We rushed to the spot with seven fire tenders.”
Officials said medical staffers helped evacuate patients in time. The fire was doused in two hours.
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