Updated May 28th, 2024 at 12:44 IST

BREAKING: Massive Fire Breaks Out at Eye Mantra Hospital in West Delhi

Fire at Eye Mantra Hospital. Five fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the flame.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Fire breaks out at Eye Mantra Hospital | Image:Republic Digital
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New Delhi: A massive fire broke out at Eye Mantra Hospital in West Delhi on Tuesday. Five fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the flame. While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, no casualties or injuries have been reported so far.

 “Fire call received from Paschim Vihar's Eye Mantra Hospital. 5 fire tenders rushed to the spot”, said Delhi Fire Service. 

This comes a day after the Delhi government directed all state-run and private health facilities to conduct a fire audit. For the unversed, 9 infants were charred to death on Sunday after a fire broke out at a children's hospital in Delhi's Vivek Vihar. 

Reports claimed that five of the oxygen cylinders had exploded during the deadly blaze on Saturday night. 

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Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Monday said it had been learnt that oxygen refilling was being carried out at the hospital and stressed that it is illegal for a hospital to have a refilling system since it can lead to fire.

A delegation of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which visited the site on Sunday and spoke to officials and family members of the victims, said in its findings that emergency exits were absent in the hospital building, fire extinguishers were non-functional and there was a lack of operational fire alarms and water sprinkler systems.

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The commission noted that the lapses constituted a grave contravention of the National Building Code of India, 2016, and guidelines from the National Disaster Management Authority. 

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Published May 28th, 2024 at 12:35 IST