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Fire breaks out at B&J hospital Srinagar, patients rescued; reasons being ascertained, says H&ME deptt   

Srinagar: Massive fire breaks out at Bone and Joint hospital here while all the patients have been evacuated.  A number of fire tenders are at the scene to douse the blaze.

Expressing deep concern over the incident, Health & Medical Education Deptt said that the reasons are being ascertained why the incident happened despite regular fire safety audits and adequate measures.

As per the reports,  the flames spread from three-storey building to another as fire services personnel battle to bring the blaze under control.

Earlier the fire plunged the whole hospital administration besides patients and attendants into panic.

So far three wards which including Trauma, Recovery and Emergency are engulfed in blaze, eyewitness said.

The fire started from the Emergency Theatre possibly due to short circuit, they said. Apparently all the patients have been evacuated and were kept outside the hospital.

A number of ambulances have been pressed to remove the patients to other hospitals. There are cries of pain and agony as fire and emergency service personnel put in their efforts to bring the blaze under control.

A ambulance driver at the spot said  that they are taking the patients to “wherever hospital” they find feasible.

Many people from the adjacent areas rushed to the hospital to help authorities bring the fire under control and help the patients and the attendants in evacuation.

When this report was filed, men and machinery from the Fire and Emergency Department assisted by police and locals are on job douse off the raging flames. More details awaited.


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