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VADODARA: A minor fire broke out at the arts facultycampus of MS University (MSU) early Saturday morning.
The fire was sparked due to short-circuit in an electric metre in the building housing Gujarati and political science departments. Security guards in the faculty noticed smoke bellowing out an electric metre installed at the entrance of the building and informed the fire department. Firemen reached the spot and contained the mishap using fire extinguishers within 30 minutes.

“Prima facie it appears like short-circuit as the metre has been installed on the external wall and is exposed to rain water,” said a fire officer. The Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd disconnected the electric supply of the building and electricians of the university worked throughout the day for replacing the wires and cables.
“The institution will have to get everything tested and take a fresh no-objection certificate (NOC) to get a new electric metre and only after that power supply will be resumed,” fire officials said. Since it was early morning and a public holiday, no major mishap was reported.

A fire has broken out on the first and second floor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday evening. 34 fire tenders have rushed to the AIIMS hospital to douse the fire, reported ANI. The fire started at a building near the Emergency Ward of the hospital.

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According to media reports, fire was caused due to a short circuit. There are no reports of any casualty so far. The fire broke out at the teaching block of the AIIMS, destroying samples and medical reports and forcing evacuation of some patients, though no one was injured. Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS hospital, but he is admitted in a different building.

Dark plumes of smoke were seen billowing out from top of the premier health institute. A Delhi Fire Services official said that they received a call of fire in the PC and Teaching Block of the hospital at around 5 PM and 34 fire tenders were immediately dispatched to contain it.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Delhi has tweeted, “The fire in AIIMS building will be brought under control at the earliest. Fire service trying it’s best to extinguish the fire. I appeal to everyone to maintain calm and allow the fire services personnel to do their work (sic).”The fire in AIIMS building will be brought under control at the earliest. Fire Service trying it’s best to extinguish the fire.

Patients from some floors of the AB ward, located close to the Microbiology department where the blaze started at around 5 pm, were evacuated along with those in the operation theatres above it as the smoke spread, officials said, adding that the fire was doused within a couple of hours.

A major fire broke out at a high rise residential building in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Friday. Two persons received serious injuries.

“The fire started from the fifth floor of the Ganesh Genesis residential apartment in Gota area,” said Ahmedabad chief fire officer M F Dastoor.

Fire officer Rajesh Bhatt said, “All people have been safely rescued, two were in serious condition, their status will be updated by the hospital.”

An LPG blast or a short circuit is being seen as the likely reason for the fire.

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Death toll in Surat fire tragedy climbed to 22 on Saturday, as several students are critical and battling for their lives in various hospitals in the city. The deceased include 18 girls in the age group of 16-19 and four teenaged boys.

According to police, five persons died for injuries they sustained after they fell on the ground after jumping from the top floor while remaining died of severe burn injuries as the entire top floor gutted into the fire.

The police lodged FIR against the builder and arrested Bhargav Butani, owner of the coaching class in Takshashila Arcade in Surat.

“We have arrested Bhargav Butani, who was running the coaching centre without any permission from any authority,” Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma told media persons on Saturday.

Mr. Sharma added that the probe has been handed over to the city crime branch considering its urgency and magnitude of the incident.

The other two persons named in the FIR are — Harshul Vekaria and Jignesh Paliwal — both builders, are absconding. An FIR has been registered against them for culpable homicide.

Moreover, Municipal Commissioner M. Thennarasan cracked the whip and suspended two senior officers of the fire department for negligence.

S.K. Acharya, Deputy Chief Fire officer of Surat Municipal Corporation and Kirti Modh has been suspended with immediate effect for their negligence in duty.

According to sources, the same building issued notice for non compliance of fire safety norms a few months back but the fire division officials did not pursue the notice and the building was not sealed.

“We have launched a major drive to ensure that all high rise buildings in the city have proper fire safety systems installed in them,” Mr. Thennasaran said.

From Delhi, the national human rights commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Gujarat government, seeking report on the gruesome incident that claimed 22 lives in Surat. In a suo moto action, the rights body has called for a detailed report from the Chief Secretary regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, as the results for class 12 were announced on Saturday, It was found that three of the deceased — Yashvi Kevadiya, Mansi Varsani and Hasti Surani — had appeared for class 12 exams of the Gujarat board and passed.

Across Gujarat, the state authorities issued public notice to shut down coaching centres and tuition classes till proper audit of fire safety mechanism is not done in all cities and district headquarters.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has directed the administration to undertake comprehensive audit of fire safety systems in all hospitals, schools, high rise buildings, cinema halls and shopping malls and markets.

Short circuit resulting in fire in the electrical duct caused fumes that engulfed the complex

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A major mass casualty was averted on Monday after fire brigade rescued over 100 persons when a fire broke out in Dev Aurum building in Prahladnagar area of the city. Short circuit resulting in fire in the electrical duct caused fumes that engulfed the complex. Fire Brigade officials said that changes were made after Building Use (BU) permission was given. Moreover, fire safety equipment in the building was not in operating condition when it was needed the most. Orders to seal the building have been given and it will be sealed by Tuesday.

According to Rajesh Bhatt, Additional Chief Fire Officer if people were not have evacuated, there would been had a major casualty. “Entire electrical duct was under fire. All the cables and doors were under fire,” said Bhatt. The fire, caused by short circuit, is believed to have begun on seventh floor. From there it is spread to second floor downwards and upto ninth floor on the top.

A Fire Control Room official said 12 fire-tenders along with scores of personnel were deployed to douse the blaze. However, they found that the fire control equipment was not working. More than the fire, it was the smoke that was dangerous for the inhabitants. “There was no escape provision for the smoke. People had started suffocating. If they were not evacuated on time, there would have been a major casualty. Some people were even on the verge of jumping from the building,” said Bhatt.

Orders have been given to seal the building and it will be sealed by Tuesday. Bhatt said that modifications were made in the building after BU permission was issued. “The Estate penalizes for petty violations. Why such glaring violations escape their attention?” asked Bhatt adding that entire foyer and staircase was blocked, preventing the smoke from exiting the building. “If you give priority to aesthetics over safety, such things will be very common,” said Bhatt.

A woman being taken to hospital after the fire breakout

While electrical connection to the building has been stopped, Bhatt lamented that inspite of legal provisions, electrical connections to lift and fire systems are also cut. Electricity supply utilities are told to have a dedicated connection, but still utilities are not complying, on the ninth and tenth floor of a multi-storey commercial complex in Ahmedabad’s Prahladnagar area, a senior official said.

Three persons were unconscious when rescued, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M F Dastur said, adding that the blaze and the resultant smoke at Dev Aurum complex did not cause any casualties.

“The fire started in the cable duct of the building. It has been brought under control. Though a fire safety system was installed in the building, it was not working,” Dastur informed.

AMC to inspect fire equipment at Dev Auram

After life-threatening ablaze at the Dev Auram building on Monday, the fire department is going to inspect the installed fire equipment at the complex. According to Chaitanya Shah, estate officer of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, their team has visited the venue soon after the incident took place. They have reviewed the fire safety licence which is valid up to June 24, 1019. But unfortunately, none of the installed equipment was in working condition. Now, after the inspection by the fire team, the estate department will take a call to seal the unit.

Greater Noida: A fire broke out at a thermocol factory located in the industrial area of Kasna in Udyog Vihar extension of Greater Noida on Tuesday. At least six fire tenders were rushed to the spot. No casualties have been reported so far.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. However, a short circuit at the factory is said to be the likely reason behind this fire.

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Earlier today, two minors were charred to death after a fire broke out at a furniture shop in Shaheen Bagh’s Abu Fazal Enclave in southeast Delhi. A six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl died in the blaze, police said. “It is a four-storey building. The family used to reside on the ground floor while the furniture store was functioning from the basement,” a senior police official said.

Last month, a fire broke out at a hospital in Noida which was functioning without a fire licence. The National Human Rights Commission had issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident.

The fire that broke out in Abul Fazal Enclave in the Shaheen Bagh locality at 0106 hours is presumed to be due to a short circuit.

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New Delhi: Two minors were killed in a fire that broke out in a four-storey building in South Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday.

The fire that broke out in Abul Fazal Enclave in the Shaheen Bagh locality at 0106 hours is presumed to be due to a short circuit.

Locals informed police at Shaheen Bagh Police station, who swung into action.

One of eyewitness told ANI, “Around 20 to 25 people were present in the house when the fire started and as it became uncontrollable we immediately called the Fire department and fire tenders reached the spot on time.”

Two children both of them belonging to the family of Ehsan Malik who owned a furniture showroom on the basement of the building, he added.

Another eyewitness said, “Nearly five fire tenders reached the spot on time. Meanwhile, locals rescued the remaining members of the family but unfortunately failed to rescue Ehsaan’s daughter Aisha and his nephew Juhaib, as both of them hidden inside the building because of fear.”

They both have been taken to the Holy Family Hospital but declared dead. However, the matter is still under probe said, eyewitnesses.