Deepavali fire accidents on downward trend

Staff Reporter
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Fewer incidents attributed to higher level of awareness

Deafening sound: People celebrating the festival of lights by bursting firecrackers on Wednesday.
Deafening sound: People celebrating the festival of lights by bursting firecrackers on Wednesday.

Twenty-one fire accidents were reported in the city and its suburbs during Deepavali celebrations on Wednesday. Five persons who suffered minor burns were treated as out-patients at Osmania General Hospital.

The fire control room received calls from 11.20 a.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday. Fire officials said the control room earlier used to get at least 50 calls on Deepavali day but this time only 21 calls were received.

Though bursting of crackers remains an integral part of the celebrations, various pointers show that a higher level of awareness to make the festival safer was the reason for registering less number of incidents.

The distress calls were received from Vasavinagar in Karkhana, Moghalpura Water Tank, Kukatpally, Malkajgiri, Bakaram, Banjara Hills, Bowenpally, Karmanghat, Tarnaka, Mehdipatnam, Madhapur, Hasthinapuram, Manohar theatre, Secunderabad, Shahalibanda, Himayathnagar, Gowliguda, Amberpet and Pathergati.

Officials said the property loss in all the fire accidents was yet to be ascertained as owners were not available to divulge details.

More than 110 fire personnel and 12 fire tenders were deployed to tackle the situation on Wednesday. At Himayathnagar, a shed put up on the terrace of a two-storeyed school building was destroyed in a fire.

Fibre sheets used for putting up the shed along with other electronic goods stored in it were destroyed.

27 suffer eye injuries

Meanwhile, 27 persons sufer eye injuries while bursting firecrackers during Deepavali celebrations.

Five children were admitted to Sarojini Devi (SD) Eye Hospital between Wednesday and Thursday for severe eye injuries while the remaining 22 patients were treated and discharged at the outpatient department of the hospital.



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