A fire broke out on the ground floor of the AIIMS Trauma Centre near the operation theatre area

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Fire Breaks Out in AIIMS Trauma Centre, No Casualty Reported

A fire broke out at an operation theatre in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences trauma centre hospital in New Delhi on March 24. No causalities have been reported. Delhi Fire Services said that a call was received at around 6.30 p.m. about fire broke out in an operation theatre located on the ground floor of AIIMS trauma centre. Four fire tenders were sent to the spot but witnessing the situation 18 more fire tenders have been sent. The firefighting operation is still on.

“It appears that the fire broke out due to electrical short circuit inside the operation theatre. Patients and other staff members of the AIIMS have been evacuated safely,” a DFS officer said. Hospital sources said patients had to be shifted to another ward and others were evacuated since the smoke engulfed the ground floor of the building. The electricity supply has been stopped in the building for now and short circuit is suspected to be the reason behind the incident, they said.The hospital source said there was also a leakage in the oxygen supply pipe behind the manifold due to which the oxygen supply to the building was stopped for sometime, which was later repaired and restored.

“As an abundant measure of precaution, the doctors and staff shifted the patients from the vicinity of the area to a safe zone. The situation was brought under control and the fire was doused by joint efforts of fire brigade, fire safety team and staff of the AIIMS,” the hospital said in the statement.

The fire safety measure had automatically kicked into action. No patients or their attendants were in anyway harmed or injured due to the incident. There has been no injury to the staff as well, it said. The extent of the damage is not yet known and will be accessed later, the statement said. Another source said the linen OTs clothes and cotton kept in the store were burnt, which led to huge amount of smoke.

Police from southwest district were also called in to control the crowd which had gathered in the hospital vicinity, while the traffic movement on the road in front of the AIIMS Trauma Centre was disrupted for a while, a police official said.

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