54 fires in Jaipur, bank building suffers damage

Around 54 fire incidents have been reported from various places in Jaipur since Diwali night. A dozen of the incidents were of severe intensity where over 50 fire tenders were were pressed into service to douse the flames.

“Fire broke out at 54 places on Thursday and Friday. At six places, the intensity of fire was very severe. On Friday, fire broke out in Vijaya Bank building in C-scheme area and at a local restaurant near city railway station,” said Ishwar Jat, Chief Fire Officer.

Vijaya Bank, located in Upasana Towers in C-Scheme area, sustained maximum damage.
Police said the fire broke out due to short circuit inside the bank but no one was injured.
The district administration has ordered to cease the building as the bank does not have a no objection certificate from the fire department nor any fire safety equipment were in place.

All the documents, Indian currency, furniture and other important papers in the bank have completely burnt.

The state roadways depot in Vaishali Nagar, a flat in Mansarover locality, scrap godown at Lohamandi area and a cloth shop in the city area were among the  locations where intensity of the fire was high.

The fire department officials said in all, 60 fire tenders were used to douse the fire and a dozen of them were used at the Vijaya Bank.

Firecrackers

Meanwhile, over 100 people sustained sever burn injuries while playing with crackers and were rushed to Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital on Thursday and Friday night. About 50 people are still getting treatment at the hospitals while others were discharged after primary treatment.

“This time the number of people coming to emergency unit on Friday night was much less as compared to last year. Around 100 people were brought here and around 50 were discharged after minor treatment,” said a senior doctor of SMS hospital.

 The rest are still getting treatment at the hospital, the doctor said.

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