Fire at AIIMS, Delhi. Photograph:( ANI )
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan personally monitored the efforts on-site towards extinguishing the fire and regarding patient care on Saturday.
A major fire which broke out in the PC Block of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi on Saturday was brought under control, according to hospital sources.
As per Delhi Fire Services and AIIMS Fire Division, the fire has been put off completely. No loss or damage to life has been reported.
Union Minister of Health, Dr Harsh Vardhan personally monitored the efforts on-site towards extinguishing the fire and regarding patient care on Saturday.
It's expected that patients temporarily transferred from AB Wing will be shifted back by tomorrow. The Minister also discussed the need to conduct a special fire audit. AIIMS, Delhi regularly conducts this exercise, however, a more comprehensive special audit will be conducted.
AIIMS Delhi: As per Delhi Fire Services&AIIMS Fire Division, fire has been put off completely. No loss/damage to life. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Min of Health&Family Welfare & Pre,AIIMS, Delhi personally monitored the efforts on-site towards extinguishing the fire®arding patient care. https://t.co/gulhno1rG5— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2019
A total of 34 fire tenders were pressed into service and firefighters were able to contain the fire from spreading to nearby blocks.
The fire, which broke out late afternoon in the hospital caused extensive damages to the first, second and third floor of the PC Block.
As a precautionary measure, patients and other occupants from the AB 1 to AB 7 wards were evacuated to Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences and other safe areas.
The PC Block is a non-patient block comprising of research labs, doctors rooms etc, however, it is interconnected to the Emergency Wing of the hospital.
A short circuit is suspected to have caused the blaze.
A little earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed the hope that the fire would quickly be brought under control and urged the people to remain calm.
"The fire in AIIMS building will be brought under control at the earliest. Fire service trying its best to extinguish the fire. I appeal to everyone to maintain calm and allow the Fire Services personnel to do their work," Kejriwal's posted on his twitter handle.
According to an AIIMS official, a total of 15,000 new patients visit the hospital, out of which almost one-third visit the Emergency wing.