NEW DELHI: The seminar room in the seven-storey Emergency Block of the LNJP Hospital where a fire was reported in the early hours on Monday was locked when it had happened, and alertness and presence of mind shown by the staff of the facility averted a disaster, a senior official of the hospital said.
The 1,500-bed facility is the largest hospital run by the Delhi government, and also the nerve centre of the city’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic. “The incident took place around 12:30 am and some of our staff saw smoke coming out of the seminar room. Showing alertness, they opened the room immediately and used small fire extinguishers to put it out as much as possible, until the fire tenders arrived,” said the official.
“The fire had broken out in the seminar room, located on the ground floor of the emergency block, and all patients were immediately shifted, she said. No casualty was reported,” said an official with the Delhi Fire Service earlier in the day.
“Our staffers’ alertness and presence of mind averted a major fire incident, as it happened in a multi-storey block. Power supply had got briefly snapped but we shifted all patients from that floor,” a senior doctor with the hospital said.
The official said that staffers’ training in firefighting came handy. The official at the facility, located in the heart of Delhi, said the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained as the smoke was coming of AC vents, indicating a short circuit may have led to it. Atul Garg, the director of Delhi Fire Service, earlier said, “Six fire tenders were rushed to the spot,” adding that the cause of the fire was being ascertained.
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