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One dead, 5 injured in Jamia Nagar hotel fire

A damaged building after a fire boke out at Punjabi Bagh in Delhi on Thursday.

A damaged building after a fire boke out at Punjabi Bagh in Delhi on Thursday. | Photo Credit: R.V. MOORTHY

One person died and five were injured after a fire broke out following an explosion in the AC compressor at Waffle Mania, a restaurant in Tikona Park near Jamia Nagar, said a Delhi Fire Service official on Thursday.

DFS director Atul Garg said three fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

DCP (South-East) Esha Pandey said deceased has been identified as Nadeem, while the injured have been identified as, Danish alias Munna, Ajju, Saan Mohd, Bijay and Ikra.

Nadeem and Saan Mohd. were present at the restaurant to repair the AC.

In another fire incident, Mr. Garg said, “We received a call from Troy Lounge and Bar in Punjabi Bagh Club Road at 1.25 p.m. At least 12 fire tenders were sent to douse the blaze.”

No injuries have been reported, said Mr. Garg. Though the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, an eye witness said it happened due to a cable fire,” he said.

Fire calls to rise

As the heatwaves and summer season intensifies, we are expected to receive more fire calls in May and June, he added.

Mr. Garg said that they are equipped to deal with the rising fire accidents. “We have put staffers’ leaves on hold to manage manpower during the summer season,” he said.

According to DFS data, 2,432 fire calls were made in March 2022 as compared to 2,573 fire calls made in March 2021.

From April 1 to April 13 this year, 1,743 fire calls were made. In April 2021, the total number of fire calls made were 3,240. “This has been a pattern since the past 20 years. We have devised several standard operating measures and plans for rescue operations, equipped with modern technology,” said Mr. Garg, while explaining the preparedness of the DFS.

The DFS responded to 27,343 fire calls that were made across 64 fire stations, including three day-time operating fire stations — Geetanjali Enclave, Jasola Vihar, and Yamuna Vihar. The department also responded to three foreign fire calls. Thirteen medium and two serious fire accidents were reported in 2021-2022, according to the data shared by the department.

Spreading awareness

Meanwhile, to raise awareness on fire safety, Mr. Garg has launched the Fire Service Week from April 14 to 20 on Thursday on the occasion of National Fire Service Week.

Led by Mr. Garg, the team commemorated and paid homage to 65 firemen and officers of the Mumbai Fire Brigade who lost their lives while fighting the ship “Fort Stikine” in 1994, at 7.30 a.m. at Fire Safety Management Academy (FSMA), in Rohini. The theme for this year was - “Learn Fire Safety, Increase Productivity.”


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