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Fire breaks out at AIIMS in Delhi, fire tenders rushed to spot

The fire department stated that the fire at AIIMS is not major and steps for evacuation are taking place, emergency services have been closed

New Delhi: On Saturday evening, a fire broke out on the first and second floor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). According to reports, a short circuit is being suspected as the source of the fire.

According to a fire official, a call reporting the incident was received at 4.50 p.m on 17 August. Eight to ten fire brigades were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. “Immediately after receiving information of the blaze, 22 tenders were rushed to the spot,” the fire official said, adding no injuries or casualties were reported so far.

The fire department stated that the fire at AIIMS is not major and steps for evacuation are taking place. The PC block of AIIMS is located near to its emergency department. Hence, emergency services have been closed as a precautionary measure, AIIMS sources said.

In the same hospital, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is also admitted and many big leaders have been coming there. Jaitley has been put on ECMO (Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation), also known as extracorporeal life support. This is an extracorporeal technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange or perfusion to sustain life.

On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah visited Arun Jaitley at the hospital. Union Health Minister Harsha Vardhan and other senior officials from the ministry also visited the leader on Friday. Jaitley has been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) at AIIMS since 9 August after he was admitted here with complaints of uneasiness, weakness and breathlessness.

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