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Massive fire in Noida Sector 18 burns down McDonald’s outlet, ATM

A massive fire gutted the ground floor of a McDonald’s restaurant and an ATM kiosk of IndusInd Bank in Sector 18 on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

Fire department officials suspect that a short circuit in the ATM kiosk may have led to the fire. The police are scanning the CCTV footage and investigation is going on to ascertain the cause. Three fire tenders and 15 firemen were pressed into service. Officials said that burnt notes were found near the ATM but they could not ascertain the total number of notes.

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“It took us an hour to get the fire under control. The ATM and McDonald’s are located next to each other and the fire spread rapidly,” a fire department official said.

Officials said that the basement and first floor of the McDonald’s outlet remained safe but the ground floor was totally gutted.

Fire officials said that they got a call about smoke billowing out of the ATM kiosk around 12.30am on Thursday. Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and by the time they reached, the fire had spread to the ground floor of the McDonald’s outlet as well.

“The bank officials have been contacted. They will tell apprise us about the amount of cash that was in the machine,” said Anil Kumar Shahi, station house officer of Sector 20 police station.

The fire alert was given by a 63-year-old guard, Ram Chander, who was sitting on a chair inside the ATM booth. He said he heard a screeching sound and saw smoke billowing out of the ATM vending machine.

“The booth got filled with smoke within minutes. Initially, I was confused on how to bring the fire under control. I found the fire extinguisher and sprayed it, but the flames went out of control,” said Chander.

Chander, a resident of Mainpuri district in Uttar Pradesh, said he called the supervisor of his company and alerted the police and fire department as well. He said that the vending machine was refilled with cash at 7pm by officials from the branch located in the vicinity.

“Officials had refilled the machine but I don’t know how much they put in it. I was outside. Fortunately, no one was around (when the fire erupted) and no casualty was reported,” Chander said.

Meanwhile, the staff of McDonald’s who came for the morning shift were stunned to see their outlet gutted.

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Rakesh, who came for the morning shift at 8.30am, said, “Most of the staff members were unaware that a fire had engulfed the building. We couldn’t see how much damage it has caused to the outlet. The fire officials who were still working for final checking did not allow us to enter.”

This outlet of McDonald’s was set up in 1997 and was India’s first drive-through restaurant. Nestled among the highrise buildings of the sector, the restaurant pioneered the entire market area, which is now known for many establishments.

Those living in Noida for several years said that the outlet was renovated several times but the building infrastructure remained the same. It was opened at a time when there were only two other restaurants in the market.

They said that the area became popular due to the McDonald’s restaurant only.

“Today, we live in an age of selfies but in the 90s, people used to flock the area to get their picture clicked with the Ronald McDonald statue. Those days, it was a new experience for everyone. Noida had a thin population and hordes of people would visit the restaurant,” said Anoop Khanna, who has been living in Noida since 1983.

Source – TOI

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Fire breaks out at a private hospital in Ahmedabad, over 100 evacuated

A fire broke out at the store room of the multi-storey SAL Hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday evening, following which over 100 people, including the patients and their relatives, were evacuated, officials said.

Nobody was injured in the incident, they said. The fire was reported this evening at SAL Hospital located in Bodakdev area of the city, following which at least 27 fire tenders were rushed to the spot by the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES), Chief Fire Officer Rajesh Bhatt said.

“The blaze broke out in the store room of the the hospital on the third floor and the smoke started spreading inside the building. Preliminary investigation has revealed that short circuit triggered the fire,” Bhatt, who supervised the operation, said. “We evacuated around 100 people, including the patients, their relatives and staff members of the hospital. The fire was brought under control well before it spread further. The entire operation lasted for about two and half hours,” he added. Apart from using hydraulic ladders to rescue the patients and others directly from the upper floors, firemen also went inside the hospital and helped people to come out through stairs. “We made prompt moves to contain the fire on the same floor and then evacuated people. No one was injured during the operation,” Bhatt added.

Source – DNA

Fire breaks out at historic Mysuru Palace’s gate

Fire broke out at the gate of historic Mysuru Palace on Friday morning. Flames engulfed an ATM kiosk at the gate next to the ticket counter. A short circuit is suspected to be the case of the fire that gutted the ATM kiosk completely at the palace’s Varaha gate.

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Walls of the palace gates have been charred while the ATM kiosk has been destroyed completely. Incidentally, the machine was taken away by bank employees on Thursday for repairs. Huge flames were witnessed by security personnel in the wee hours of Friday and fire and emergency personnel were called immediately. No casualties or injuries were reported fortunately since the incident took place early in the morning.

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Security personnel have secured the spot where the fire broke out and cordoned it off for visitors.

Source – ANI

Fire breaks out in apartment, kills 4 including children in Chennai

At least four people including two children were killed after a fire broke out in an apartment complex in Chennai on Monday morning. The fire is said to have broken out as a result of a short circuit on the ground floor of the building in Vadapalani.

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The fire was first noticed at around 5 AM on Monday at the apartment situated in South Perumal street. Sparks began from the circuit box of the building. Fire and smoke spread to the other floors quickly. Four people including a four-year-old child died due to suffocation. Others were sustained injuries were rushed to nearby hospitals. Vehicles that were parked at the ground floor of the apartment were gutted as the fire spread quickly.

The police registered a case in this regard and investigations are underway. Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palanisamy announced ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of those deceased. Rs 50,000 financial aid was announced for those injured in the fire accident.

Source – PTI

Fire at Vadodara collector’s office

A fire broke out today in the office of Vadodara district collector, a fire brigade official said.

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“However, the blaze was brought under control within five minutes and the situation is normal. No one is hurt in the incident,” Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s chief fire officer Dipak Munzal told PTI.

The fire broke out on the ground floor of the two storey building, the officer said.

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He said short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire.

The staff working at the office rushed outside the premises after the blaze broke out, the officer added.

Meanwhile, Vadodara collector P Bharti, who assumed charge yesterday, is returning from capital Gandhinagar upon learning about the fire, an aide to the collector said.

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Source- IE