Fire breaks out at IIT, nobody hurt

Fire breaks out at IIT, nobody hurt
A fire broke out in a room at the Indian Institute of Technology, which was precariously close to a chemistry laboratory. The Monday morning incident, however, left no one injured. 

The blaze was seen on the third floor of Block V in academic area.

Fire department officials said that they received a call at 11:25 am, informing that a fire had broken out in a high-rise building in the IIT Delhi campus. Five fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire. And the firefight lasted for one-and-a-half hour.

 “The fire was primarily confined to one block and much of the lab equipments kept in the room were gutted,” said an official.

The building was vacated when the fire broke out and everybody in the building were brought to the lawn, said an eyewitness. 

Supreet Singh Bahga, an assistant professor tweeted after the fire broke out, “Seems like safety issue with a lab... something catching fire and exploding in series.”

Students who were there at the site said that they saw a plume of smoke and heard two to three loud cylinder blasts at the time of the fire. 

The Delhi Fire office said that there was no blast in the chemistry lab and all the gas cylinders in the lab were intact. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but it is believed that a short circuit might have led to the fire. The police said that they are investigating the reasons behind it. 

There was panic even in the boys’ hostel located next to the building, said a police officer.

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