Fire breaks out in Safdarjung Hospital, 50 patients evacuated
(Sourced from PTI)
A fire broke out on Wednesday morning in the ICU of Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital following which 50 patients were evacuated, fire officials said. "No casualty has been reported in the blaze that broke out around 6:30 am," they said. "Nine fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Around 50 patients were immediately shifted to other wards with the help of hospital staff," officials said.
The hospital said that the fire probably broke out due to high voltage fluctuation and a short circuit. "There was a minor fire incident in medicine ward 11 (HDU) in Safdarjung Hospital on Wednesday probably due to high voltage fluctuation and short circuit. All patients admitted in HDU and the ward were evacuated immediately to other wards," the spokesperson of the hospital said.
"There was no loss of life. The fire was controlled immediately by our hospital fire safety team. Regular fire drills in the hospital with cooperation from Fire Department helped in managing the situation in time," the spokesperson of the hospital said.
A senior police officer said that prima facie, it looks like the fire broke out due to a short circuit which was brought under control in time by the hospital staff. This is the second case of a hospital fire this month. Last week, nine patients died after a fire broke out at a Mumbai mall hospital where coronavirus patients were being treated.
Nine COVID-19 patients died due to suffocation, while two other patients at the hospital had already died due to coronavirus before the fire broke out at the Sunrise Hospital, the BMC had said. Altogether 78 patients were being treated at the 107-bed hospital when the fire broke out, the BMC said, adding that 67 patients were shifted to other hospitals after the blaze.