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From a flame to the blaze, here's how the fire spread

Published: 18th October 2016 01:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2016 02:41 AM   |  A+A-

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Firemen rescue patients after a fire broke out at SUM hospital, a leading private hospital in Bhubaneswar | Biswanath Swain

By Express News Service
  • A minor flame was first spotted near a medicine repository of the Medicine ICU at around 7:30 pm
  • Cause of flame, Fire Department sources say - Short Circuit, source of fire under investigation
  • Fire and smoke spread between the false ceiling and main ceiling of the second floor.
  • Once smoke engulfed the Medicine ICU completely, the fire spread to the Dialysis centre located right opposite.
  • Entire corridor was charred by then. Smoke billowed out of the second floor, chaos in ICU and Dialysis Centre as patients and attendants cry for help.
  • Fire Stations at Baramunda, Secretariat, Chandrasekhpur and Kalpana Square get an alert at 7:41 pm.
  • Six fire engines mobilised, reach SUM Hospital by 7:56 pm and rush up fire fighting and rescue simultaneously.
  • By then the entire floor was ravaged. Glass panes were broken to facilitate ventilation.
  • A majority of patients were shifted into ambulances and emergency vehicles lined downstairs, through the fire exit (staircase).
  • Sixteen 108 ambulances pressed into service to shift patients to nearby hospitals.
  • Some patients brought down by Fire Services ladders.
  • The fire was under control by 10:15 pm. Fire Services personnel engaged till 11 pm. Second floor sealed.


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