Fire breaks out in Srinagar hospital

Fire breaks out in Srinagar hospital

Firetenders contain blaze at outpatient dept, no casualty reported

Fire breaks out in Srinagar hospital

Fire broke out on Saturday in a block of the bone and joint hospital here but was soon controlled, police said. All the patients were safe.

Smoke was seen coming out from the out patients’ department (OPD) block of the premier hospital situated in Barzalla area, three kilometre from city centre Lal Chowk, on Saturday afternoon, a police officer said.

“Fire tenders were immediately pressed into service and the blaze has now been controlled. All the patients inside the hospital are safe,” the officer said, adding that the cause of fire is being ascertained.

Safety hazard

Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) expressed concern over the safety of hospitals in the state saying major healthcare buildings were unprotected from fire and the government must take concrete steps to make such buildings fireproof.

“The recent fire incident at Lal Ded maternity hospital followed by today’s fire incident at Barzulla bone and joints hospital reflects a pattern and there is a general perception that our hospital buildings are not safe for the patients, staff and the attendants,” CPI(M) state secretary, M Y Tarigami said here.

Earlier, a massive fire broke out at the Valley’s premier maternity healthcare institute, Lal Ded Hospital, on November 5.

Tarigami said it was a matter of satisfaction that there was no casaulity in both the incidents, but demanded an enquiry to know the reason behind them.

“So far there are no casualties, but sometimes these incidents can prove catastrophic if left unattended. Incidents like these not only warrant an official inquiry to know the cause of fire, but should also act as an eye opener for the government to take immediate steps to make the hospital buildings fireproof,” he said.

He said there was an urgency to install internal fire safety mechanisms in all the hospital buildings which do not have any such facility.

“Similarly, the age old electric wiring in these hospitals needs to be replaced, besides measures be taken immediately to rectify the loopholes,” he added.

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