May 28, 2024

Delhi: Major fire breaks out at Paschim Vihar Hospital, six fire engines rush to the scene | Latest News India


A massive fire broke out at I Mantra Hospital in New Delhi's Paschim Vihar on Tuesday after the Delhi Fire Department rushed six fire engines to the spot to douse the blaze.

The fire broke out at I Mantra Hospital in Delhi's Paschim Vihar on Tuesday.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the hospital. No one was injured in the incident and people were safely evacuated from the building, according to officials of the Delhi Fire Department. A call about the incident was received at 11:35 am.

Get exclusive access to the latest news on India's General Elections only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

The fire at I Mantra Hospital comes days after a devastating fire at a hospital in Vivek Vihar killed six newborns. The Delhi government has ordered fire audits of all government and private healthcare facilities after multiple safety lapses were found at the five-bed neonatal centre in Vivek Vihar and police are investigating why 27 oxygen cylinders were stored there.

Five oxygen cylinders exploded in the deadly fire on Saturday night, injuring five other newborns.

{{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}} {{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}}

Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Monday said it had been found that oxygen refills were being carried out at the hospital and stressed that it was illegal for hospitals to install refill systems as they could lead to fires.

A delegation from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which visited the site on Sunday and spoke to officials and the victim's family members, found in its findings that the hospital building had no emergency exits, no functioning fire extinguishers and no functioning fire alarm or water sprinkler systems.

The committee noted that these deficiencies amount to serious violations of the National Building Code of India, 2016 and guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority.

{{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}} {{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}}

The committee's findings, which have been shared with the Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Commissioner of Police, highlighted a serious lack of preparedness and safety compliance in nursing homes, it said.

A city court on Monday allowed the Delhi Police's plea seeking three-day custodial interrogation of the private hospital owner and the doctor working there.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidhi Gupta Anand sent hospital proprietor Dr Naveen Khich and Dr Akshu in three-day police custody.

Police said on Monday that the bodies of six newborns, aged between one and 20 days, have been handed over to their families after post-mortem examination.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

Fires have killed 55 people and injured more than 300 in the capital so far this year, according to official figures.

{{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}} {{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}}

According to Delhi Fire Service (DFS) data, 16 people died in fires in January, 16 more in February, 12 in March, four in April and seven deaths till May 26.

Fire incidents injured 51 people in January, 42 in February, 62 in March, 78 in April and 71 through May 26. Between January 1 and May 26, DFS received 8,912 fire-related calls.

News / India News / Delhi: Major fire breaks out at Paschim Vihar Hospital, 6 fire engines rush to the scene


Source link