The fire that broke out here at the ninth floor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital has been brought under control and no casualties have been reported yet, said the Fire department on Thursday. “At least 20 fire tenders were rushed to the hospital after the alert. The fire is under All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital control now,” said Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg.
According to Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Sunil Choudhary, the fire broke out at an area where COVID-19 samples were collected. The fire services received a call about the incident at around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. The fire broke out on the roof of the ninth floor of the building, where various diagnostic labs and examination sections are located. According to reports, it was a no-patients wing with only laboratories and no casualties were reported, officials said. However, the Covid-19 laboratory in the building was completely gutted. The damage to the samples of Covid-19 housed on the floor was not immediately clear. The building also houses the AIIMS’ SET (Skills, e-Learning, Telemedicine) facility and auditorium, officials had said. An official from the Fire Department said that as soon as the information was received, 22 fire tenders were sent to the spot. Now the fire has been brought under control and the cooling process is underway. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet, according to the officials. A short circuit might have caused the fire, but a detailed inspection will ascertain the exact cause.