A major fire broke out on the first floor of Metro Heart Institute in Noida’s sector-12 on Thursday afternoon. However, there were no reports of casualties or injuries.
Sixty-six patients were in the hospital when the fire broke out at 12.10pm. The second, third and fourth floors of the building were the worst affected by the fire. Around 35 patients, who were on the second floor at the time, were shifted to a nearby multispeciality hospital run by the Metro group. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. Six fire tenders which rushed to the spot have managed to douse the fire.
Parmananda, an eye witness, blamed the hospital for the fire, claiming that the fire alarm system was out of order. He had rushed to the hospital as soon as he heard about the fire and saw that the doctors and senior staff at the hospital were the first to escape. “Junior staff and guards stayed back to help patients,” he added.
However, the hospital authorities claimed that the fire alarm system was functioning. “All fire safety measures are in place in the hospital. We evacuated everyone as soon as we could. There is no clarity on the cause of the fire,” said hospital chairperson Purshotam Lal.
Ramvati, whose husband Ramveer was a patient at the hospital, said they were on the fourth floor when the fire broke out. “We saw smoke on the floor and were asked to move to the third floor quickly. There we broke the windows, threw our bags outside and ran downstairs,” she said, adding that she has lost her chappals in the rush. “Police and firemen were very helpful and brought us to safety. Otherwise, a person like me would have died,” she said.
Gautam Buddha Nagar DM BN Singh said a magisterial enquiry will be set up to ascertain whether the hospital had fire clearances and also to pinpoint the cause of fire. “Fire safety and preparedness in other hospitals will also be checked in view of the incident,” he added.
The heart institute, which is run by the Metro Hospitals Group, was established in 1997 and has 110 beds. A 207-bed multispecialty hospital belonging to the same group is located less than 200 metres away from the institute.