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No injuries or casualties have been reported yet. Fire fighting officials are the spot evacuating the occupants on stretchers to be shifted to safer places.

A massive fire broke out on Tuesday evening at the COVID and emergency ward of the civic-run Sir Sayajirao General Hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat. Teams of fire tenders rushed to the spot while hospital authorities started evacuating the patients. According to an initial investigation, a short circuit in wires in the isolation ward is believed to have started the blaze. No injuries or casualties have been reported yet. Fire fighting officials are the spot evacuating the occupants on stretchers to be shifted to safer places. 

Gujarat: Fire breaks out at COVID and emergency ward of Sir Sayajirao General Hospital in Vadodara. More details awaited.

According to officials, the blaze has been brought under control. Further details are awaited.

A fire, followed by an explosion, was reported at an underground hydroelectric power station of the Srisailam project in Telangana. Rescue workers have pulled out bodies of six workers from the accident site.

Amajor fire broke out in an underground hydroelectric power unit of at Srisailam project in Telangana on Thursday night.

The incident took place around 10.30 pm on Thursday. At least 25 people were on duty at the time when fire broke out at the power station. As per latest update, 10 have been rescued while bodies of six, including an assistant engineer, have been pulled out. Three people are still missing, police said.

Officials said a short circuit in one of the underground hydel power unit situated of Srisailam project led to a fire, trapping at least eight persons. The short circuit was reportedly followed by an explosion in unit 4 of the power house. The Telangana government sought the help of the NDRF after over an eight-hour long rescue effort of employees, including five engineers, failed.

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The dam is situated on river Krishna which divides Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Engineers of the Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSPGC) were working on routine maintenance when the fire broke out. The station has more than six power generators at its underground plant — each one carries out 150 MW (megawatts) capacity electrical power generators. The fourth panel caught fire first, officials said.Duty officers tried to douse the fire, but power shutdown made it difficult.

Dense smoke was seen coming out from the zero level and rising to the service bay and soon the entire power station was filled with the billows of smoke. This hampered the rescue operation at the station.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the accident at Srisailam power plant. The CM spoke to Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy, CMD Prabhakar Rao, who are at the accident site and are overseeing rescue efforts.

MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said he was in touch with NDRF personnel. He wrote on Twitter, “Saddened by the fire accident in the Hydel Power Generation Unit on the left banks of Srisailam, Telangana, late night yesterday [Thursday]. Spoke to the NDRF personnel and directed them for immediate rescue operations. Prayers for early recovery of the injured.”

A fire broke out in West Bengal on Wednesday. The incident was reported from a bag manufacturing unit in the Jalpaiguri district of the state. According to the police, no casualties were reported due to the blaze. 

A fire broke out in West Bengal on Wednesday. The incident was reported from a bag manufacturing unit in the Jalpaiguri district of the state. According to the police, no casualties were reported due to the blaze. The unit produces bags for dispatching tea leaves, a police officer said. The fire broke out in the factory around 5 am and it destroyed stocks of bags and raw materials worth Rs 26 lakh, Gautam Kumar Das, owner of the unit, said.

Three fire tenders were pressed into service and the blaze was brought under control at 6.30 am, the officer said.

The short circuit was believed to be the reason behind the fire though the exact cause of it will be known after investigation, a fire brigade official said. 

CHANDIGARH: Fire broke out on early Sunday morning at a booth in Sector 23 market here. Although the exact extent of loss is yet to be assessed, the booth owner claimed his loss should be around Rs 5 lakh, as a large quantity of disposable material kept inside the booth gutted in the fire.

Short circuit in the electric wires, passing above the booths of Sector 23 market, is said to be the reason behind the incident, but any official confirmation in this regard is yet to come. An investigation has been initiated into the mishap.

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“I came to know about the incident at around 4.30 in the morning, when some boys called me from the market. After reaching to the shop, I called the fire brigade. The fire vehicles reached within five minutes and doused the fire. Cops from Sector 22 police post also reached the spot. Most of the portion of my shop and the material kept there was gutted in the fire and the loss is approximately Rs 5 lakh,” said Sanjeev Kumar, owner of the shop. He has been running the shop there for around 20 years.

“The fire broke out from the naked wires of the UT’s electricity department, passing over the booths of the shops. Since the rain is continuing for past few days, the naked wires got intertwined and sparked, which led to the incident. This is not the first time. Earlier also such fire incidents have happed in the market, but the authorities concerned of the electricity department did not bother to change these naked wires,” Kumar added.

Sources in the fire department revealed that two fire-fighting vehicles were rushed to the spot and they controlled the fire within few minutes. “The fire officer concerned is preparing the report regarding the incident, which will be submitted to a senior officer soon,” said an official in the fire department.

Chandigarh: Fire broke out on early Sunday morning at a booth in Sector 23 market here. Although the exact extent of loss is yet to be assessed, the booth owner claimed his loss should be around Rs 5 lakh, as a large quantity of disposable material kept inside the booth gutted in the fire.Short circuit in the electric wires, passing above the booths of Sector 23 market, is said to be the reason behind the incident, but any official confirmation in this regard is yet to come. An investigation has been initiated into the mishap. “I came to know about the incident at around 4.30 in the morning, when some boys called me from the market. After reaching to the shop, I called the fire brigade. The fire vehicles reached within five minutes and doused the fire. Cops from Sector 22 police post also reached the spot. Most of the portion of my shop and the material kept there was gutted in the fire and the loss is approximately Rs 5 lakh,” said Sanjeev Kumar, owner of the shop. He has been running the shop there for around 20 years.

“The fire broke out from the naked wires of the UT’s electricity department, passing over the booths of the shops. Since the rain is continuing for past few days, the naked wires got intertwined and sparked, which led to the incident. This is not the first time. Earlier also such fire incidents have happed in the market, but the electricity department did not bother to change these naked wires,” Kumar added.

YAMUNANAGAR: A major fire broke out early morning at a steel factory namely Vishwakarma Enterprises on Link Road in Jagadhri town of Yamunanagar district on Sunday, turning the entire unit into ashes.

As per the information, the fire which broke out following heavy rain and electric short circuit is suspected to be the reason behind the incident. Factory owner Naresh Kumar said he received the information early morning at about 6am that a fire had broken out in his factory and reached the spot.The fire brigade vehicles reached the spot and doused the flames after a struggle of about 2 hours.

Yamunanagar fire officer Parmod Duggal said the factory did not possess fire no objection certificate (NOC) and a fuel tank kept inside had caught fire.

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“We received the information at 5.45 am and the fire brigades were rushed to the spot from Jagadhri as well as Yamunanagar fire stations and we used foam to control the flames as it was oil which caused its outbreak. We managed to control the fire and cool it in about 2 hours of operation and nobody has received any injury in this incident”, said Parmod. To a query, Parmod said, “We will issue a notice to the factory owner as the unit did not possess any NOC from the fire department.”

Factory owner Naresh said, “The factory was closed in the night and we suspect that as the weather was rainy it may have caused an electric short circuit and sparking which caused the fire. Firstly the wires caught fire, then motors, and then it reached the fuel tank, following it got spread in the entire unit. We have suffered a loss of worth lakhs and the exact amount can be ascertained after proper estimation. We lost fuel worth about Rs 10 lakh, furnace worth about Rs 15 lakh, sheds, motors, and others.”

Vadodara: A major fire broke out at the city office of a multinational company involved in market research and consumer data study on Sunday afternoon. Fire department had to declare a ‘major call’ to douse the fire which engulfed second and third floors of the building near VUDA circle. According to officials of the MNC – Numerator, a minor short-circuit in the server room could have sparked the fire. The two floors were currently not operational and nobody was present there and the fire spread quickly. Fire officials said the first response team could see flames and smoke bellowing out of windows and thus a ‘major call’ was announced. Fire department sources said both floors were covered with thick smoke due to which firemen had to break glass windows and install exhaust machines to remove it. “Air-conditioner ducts, wirings and false ceiling panels were engulfed in flames. As these structures got burned, they started collapsing as well and so we had to be careful,” said a fire official. “The building’s structure was damaged to a large extent due to heat so we continued with the cooling process for some time,” fire officer Manish Mod said.

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Company’s officials said operations are currently on only on ground floor. “Since it was Sunday, not many people were present on ground floor as well and there were no casualties,” company’s human resources director Suchit Patel said. On learning about the fire, municipal commissioner Nalin Upadhyay reached the spot. “Our priority was to ensure that there were no casualties and as it was a Sunday, very few people were present in the building,” he said. Although the company officials claim that a short-circuit could have ignited the fire, fire department will be taking help of forensic experts to ascertain the exact reason for the blaze. The company had shifted to the building in November last year and was planning to extend its operations on upper floors in the coming months.

A level-3 fire broke out in a residential-cum-commercial building at Kamathipura area in Nagpada on Monday morning. According to a report in the Times of India, four fire engines, three jumbo tankers and an ambulance have been rushed to the spot. The incident was reported at 9:16 am in the morning.

The fire was confined to electric wiring, electric installation, household articles, leather godown on the first floor of the ground plus one building. Eight people were injured in the incident and were rushed to Nair Hospital. The injured have been identified as Chandani Shaikh (25), Nisha Devi (32), Chandadevi

A short-circuit at Vadodara railway station caused a panic among onlookers and commuters on Saturday noon. The short circuit occurred in a low tension control panel located between platform number two and three at around 11:44am at
the railway station.

Initially, there were sparks and smoke started emitting out of the control panel causing panic amongst those present at the spot. At one point, the sounds and the smoke that was emitted out of the panel resembled that of the fire crackers. According to officials, the electric short circuit might have occurred due to rainwater which might have seeped into the power board. The short circuit affected electric supply to all stalls on the platform.

“All other power supply at platform is working normally. The restoration work is in progress and it will be completed soon,” said Khemraj Meena, public relations officer of Vadodara railway division, adding that nobody got injured due to the incident. “The fire was immediately brought under control using fire fighting equipments by the staff present at the spot,” he said.

Delhi Fire Service (DFS) director Atul Garg said, “The fire started from the ground floor kitchen, which is above the stilt parking. The house on the ground floor was locked and there was no one inside.”

shalimar-bagh-fire.jpgThree women died after a fire broke out in a four-storey building in North West Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh Saturday evening. In the incident, which took place around 6 pm, four people, including two teenagers, were injured.

Delhi Fire Service (DFS) director Atul Garg said, “The fire started from the ground floor kitchen, which is above the stilt parking. The house on the ground floor was locked and there was no one inside. The house is gutted, and the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.”

While a DFS official said it is likely that someone left the cooking gas on in the ground floor kitchen, DCP (Outer North) Gaurav Sharma said “it could be a short circuit, but it’s yet to be confirmed.”

DFS received a call at 6.05 pm about the fire, following which eight fire tenders and 50 firefighters were deployed to douse the fire. The victims have been identified as Kanta (75), Kiran Sharma (65) and Somvati (42). The injured are Lajwanti (68), Inna (28), Akshit (16) and Vanshika (14).

Police said the three women died after inhaling the smoke. A Fortis hospital spokesperson said, “The four injured people are in the ICU and are in a critical state. Efforts are on to stabilise them.”

Sharma said, “Around 6.10 pm, information about the fire was received and police officers rushed to the spot. Personnel from other police stations, too, reached the spot and SHO Shalimar Bagh, along with other personnel, accessed the building by jumping onto the terrace from an adjacent building.”

A senior police officer said that fire tenders reached the spot within minutes, and that at least seven people were removed from the building. “The 75-year-old victim lived alone on the first floor. The third-floor occupants— Lajwanti and two children — hid in the bathroom and kept splashing water on themselves and survived the fire. Two women from the top floor who were pulled out didn’t survive. All victims died because of the smoke.”

Police said an FIR under IPC sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire) and 304A (causing death by negligence) will be registered against unknown persons at Shalimar Bagh police station. Two police personnel were also injured during the rescue operation, which took around two hours.

Firefighters were stymied by narrow alleys near where the blaze erupted, in a building used for making paper products and purses.

NEW DELHI — At least 43 people were killed Sunday morning when one of the worst fires in recent memory in New Delhi broke out in a cramped, commercial neighborhood, officials said.

The blaze erupted around 5:30 a.m. in a multistory building used for making paper products and purses. Atul Garg, New Delhi’s chief fire officer, said firefighters initially struggled to douse the flames because narrow lanes blocked access to the area, which is full of dilapidated buildings.

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“This is the second-biggest fire in Delhi’s history,” he said.

The building in the Anaj Mandi neighborhood of northeastern New Delhi was packed with sleeping laborers when the fire broke out. Most of the victims were Muslim migrant workers from impoverished Bihar State in eastern India, The Associated Press reported. They earned as little as 150 rupees (about $2.10) per day making handbags, caps and other garments, it said.

Investigators blamed an electrical short-circuit for the fire, The A.P. reported. Safety standards are poorly enforced in India and are linked to many deaths.

Kishore Kumar, an official at Lok Nayak Hospital, where victims were taken, said most of the dead appeared to have suffocated as they slept. He said at least 20 other people were being treated for injuries.

“Their only fault was they were poor,” a man named Babar Ali, 32, told the AP. “Why else would someone work and sleep in such a congested place?” Mr. Ali, who used to work in the same building, called the workers’ difficult lives “a bigger tragedy than their death.”

In Anaj Mandi, residents climbed to the roofs of their buildings to watch the tragedy unfold as rescuers struggled to evacuate the injured. It took firefighters nearly an hour to control the fire because only one vehicle could reach the building.

Inside, rescuers found at least 50 people unconscious. When they broke gates obstructing access to the top floor, they discovered more workers sleeping.