STATE TIMES NEWS New Delhi: A fire broke out at the AIIMS here on Saturday evening and 34 fire tenders were rushed to the site. Dark plumes of smoke were seen billowing out from top of the premier health institute. There was no immediate report of anyone being injured in the blaze. A Delhi Fire Services official said that they received a call of fire at AIIMS at around 5 PM and 34 fire tenders were immediately dispatched to contain it. Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the cardio-neuro centre, housed in a different building in the complex. The fire destroyed samples and medical reports and forced evacuation of patients, but no one was injured, officials said.
The fire started at Microbiology department’s virology unit.
Sources said the fire spread to the adjacent Emergency Lab in the department of Lab Medicine, which is adjacent to the Microbiology department’s virology unit, where electricity work was going on for some time and cables being used were kept, they said.
The patients in AB ward close to the Microbiology department were evacuated and shifted to safer places, they said.
Also, patients in the operation theatres above the microbiology department were shifted to other wards, sources said.
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