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Fire continue to rage at B&J Hospital Srinagar, apparently all patients evacuated

SRINAGAR: Massive fire continues to rage in Bone and Joint hospital here as it spreads to another building, which according to the official’s houses records on Friday night.

Apparently, all patients have been evacuated as top officers of the fire and emergency services and police are at the spot. A number of fire tenders are at the scene to douse the blaze.

Reports said that the flames spread from a three-storey building to another as the fire services personnel battled to bring the blaze under control. There are reports that several, gas cylinder blasts have occurred and thus making the efforts to bring the fire under control a difficult task.

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

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

The fire started from the Emergency Theatre possibly due to a 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.

An ambulance driver at the spot told 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 are awaited. (GNS)


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